McNab steps down as leader of UNCW’s international programs

Monday, January 10, 2005

Jan. 10, 2005

Wilmington, N.C.—After serving for eight years as the director of the Office of International Programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as of Dec. 31, 2004, James McNab has stepped down. He will be taking a leave of absence from UNCW for the spring semester 2005. McNab will be teaching and consulting at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In July 2005, he will begin phased retirement as a professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Kim Sawrey, has become the interim director of the Office of International Programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as of Dec. 31, 2004.

According to academic affairs, under McNab’s leadership UNCW’s international involvement, both sending students and faculty abroad to study and teach as well as hosting students and faculty from abroad, has grown significantly. McNab oversaw a major increase in international activities, with new exchange agreements in many parts of the world, including Latin America, Europe, Africa and Australia; a greatly expanded English as a Second Language program and new curricular offerings. He is the co-author of the UNCW five-year (2004-09) strategic plan for internationalizing the university and he helped create the International Cabinet, a unique group of university and community leaders dedicated to the international enterprise.

“Academic Affairs, on behalf of the university community, commends Dr. James McNab for his tireless efforts in support of internationalization. Dr. McNab came to UNCW in 1989 as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul Hosier.

Sawrey, a friend and advocate for “UNCW International” for many years, has served on the advisory committee for the Office of International Programs and, in 2000, was faculty resident director at the University of Wales at Swansea where he led a seminar on American Studies. He has also taken students to study rainforest animals of Costa Rica.

“Academic affairs is pleased to announce that Dr. Kim Sawrey will become the interim director. Dr. Sawrey has been extensively involved in recruiting UNCW students for study abroad programs, serving as liaison with the psychology program at Swansea, and advising students about study abroad courses in psychology,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul Hosier.

Sawrey holds his Ph.D. in experimental psychology specializing in ethology, animal behavior and behavioral ecology. Sawrey received his baccalaureate degree from the University of California at Berkley and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida.