Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear UNCW Alumni and Friends,

I am excited by the opportunity to serve as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. My wife Kathy and I are proud to become members of the Seahawk family. We’ve received a warm welcome on campus and in the community, and we’re ready to begin our new adventure at UNCW!

I applied for the position as Chancellor based on UNCW’s reputation as an outstanding institution that values teaching, research and community engagement. As I discovered during my very first visit to campus, UNCW thrives on helping young men and women evolve into knowledgeable, successful citizens. During the search process, the more I learned about UNCW, the more I wanted the chance to develop its potential and guide its future growth.

I respect the high-quality student experience that UNCW faculty and staff consistently provide year after year. I admire the university’s deep commitment to the community, a relationship that goes back to UNCW’s earliest days, when local citizens voted to fund a public college in Wilmington. I value the university’s focus on applied learning, effectively combining UNCW’s strengths in teaching and research with its purpose, to better the lives of students and to increase the quality of life in North Carolina.

Taking on the role of UNCW Chancellor also seemed like the next natural step in my life’s journey, which began with my youth in Brazil, continued with advanced education in the U.S., and flourished during a 30-year career in the private sector before I transitioned into higher education. As I discovered during a career that spanned three continents, leadership knows no boundaries, and I am eager to learn how my experiences to-date can benefit the university.

UNCW is a terrific school, and over the next few months, we will work together to strategize ways to make it an even greater university. At first, I plan to listen, listen and listen some more. I want to talk with our students, faculty and staff, alumni, local and state leaders and the entire UNCW community. I tend to bring many people into discussions; it is better to have more inclusiveness, more diversity of thought, than otherwise.

We will develop a vision and define our values, which will always include focusing on students and the quality of their learning experience. We will support our faculty and invest in research. We will engage our community in the life of the university, and UNCW will actively participate in the life of our community. We will focus on building relationships with individuals and organizations to secure more philanthropic support for UNCW’s mission. We will continue to do what UNCW has done well since 1947, which is create opportunities for students to learn and grow and become productive citizens of the world.

Yours at UNCW,

Chancellor Sartarelli's signature

Jose V. Sartarelli

(Re-published from Spring/Summer UNCW Magazine)


Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Wilmington, NC 28403-5931

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