Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

October 1, 2017

Dear Seahawk Community,

In September, UNCW kicked off its 70th anniversary celebration, set an enrollment record with nearly 16,500 students and achieved great recognition from U.S. News & World Report. Not a bad start to the year!

UNCW’s commitment to excellence continues to shine. The university’s emphasis on student-focused education contributed to a two-place gain in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of both the Best Regional Universities (#14) and Best Colleges for Veterans (#9) in the south. The online master’s degree in history program also was ranked 1st nationally by two organizations.

Our amazing faculty and staff continued to collect accolades, as you will see from the headlines at the right. Congratulations to Dylan McNamara, who was awarded a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to research the future of coastal communities, and Bill McLellan, who is nominated for the 2018 Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation.

We welcomed alumnus David Congdon ’78, vice chairman and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, to share his thoughts on leadership as the first speaker in the 2017-18 Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Seahawk Saturday introduced prospective students to UNCW, and concurrent events showcased the Center for Marine Science and the Watson College of Education's S.T.E.A.M. Celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (above). UNCW Presents announced a great dance collaboration with Cape Fear Community College and the Thalian Association.

Congratulations to the UNCW men’s soccer team, which has maintained its top 25 ranking in the major Division I polls, including #9 in the Soccer America Men’s College Top 25, and to freshman midfielder Molly McGarry, who was named CAA Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week for two consecutive weeks in September.

Go, Seahawks! 

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Jose V. Sartarelli


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

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