Kirby named Carolina Nursing’s associate dean for advancement

Kelly Kirby has been named the associate dean for advancement at the UNC School of Nursing, effective July 15.

Kirby is an experienced development and external relations professional, having directed communications, alumni relations and development activities at professional schools and programs across UNC, including the Adams School of Dentistry and the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program. She currently serves as the director of communications at the UNC School of Nursing, a role she has held for four years.

“We are delighted that Kelly will be expanding her leadership at the School,” said Nena Peragallo Montano, dean and professor at Carolina Nursing. “Her strategic thinking and demonstrated enthusiasm for the mission of the School have marked her work in establishing our first Office of Communications and have helped us achieve our vision of becoming First in Nursing. We look forward to working with her and her team to fulfill our mission to advance health for all, first for our neighbors here at home and then around the globe.”

As associate dean for advancement, Kelly will oversee donor development and stewardship, alumni relations, communications and events for the School.

A native of North Carolina, Kelly is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her bachelor of arts in English. She succeeds Anne Webb, who has worked in development and alumni relations at the School of Nursing for 18 years, serving as the School’s assistant dean for advancement since 2012 and leading the SON to 92% of its Campaign for Carolina Nursing fundraising goal of $22M.