David Routh is a managing director at New Republic Partners where he serves as a member of the firm’s executive committee and as a member of the board of directors. He works with senior leadership to evaluate strategic acquisitions and grow the firm’s network of clients and team talent. He also advises clients on philanthropic planning and gift strategies. David brings decades of experience in advising high-net-worth families, endowments and foundations.
David retired in 2022 as the vice chancellor for development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he led the nationally acclaimed, record-breaking “Campaign for Carolina,” which raised over $5 billion for the university. He also served as the chief executive officer of the UNC – Chapel Hill Foundation — the university’s central foundation — and as a board member of the Chapel Hill Investment Fund, the university’s $5 billion endowment.
Over the prior 25 years, David held a variety of roles at U.S. Trust in New York as well as North Carolina Trust and Bank of America. He led the high-net-worth/ultra-high-net-worth team serving individual, family office and not-for-profit clients in North Carolina and the Southeast region. He had oversight of the national institutional relationship teams serving endowment and foundation clients, and was a managing director of the charitable services group based in New York serving large colleges, universities and community foundations.
David has always been active in not-for-profit board leadership. He currently serves on the boards of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. He chairs the board of the Advancement Leadership Lab, a leadership development program for select large public universities.
David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and religious studies, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.