Dear Seahawk Community,
Although summer is a very busy time at UNCW – with orientation, summer sessions, research excursions, updates in our buildings and on our grounds, youth camps and much more – I have found a few moments to reflect on all that we accomplished during my first year as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
We collaborated to develop the 2016-21 strategic plan, which we look forward to officially launching when the 2016-17 academic year begins. We strengthened partnerships with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and area school systems, as well as regional community colleges, our sister institutions across the state, and with universities around the world. In June, we established a new partnership between UNCW and L’Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France, formalizing the partnership between the European Institute of Marine Science at UBO and UNCW’s marine science programs and expanding the institutions’ existing collaborations.
Throughout the year, UNCW’s outstanding reputation continued to earn high rankings from U.S. News & World Report, BestColleges.com and The Princeton Review, among others. At the beginning of July, UNCW was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017, which highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities.
Our student-athletes and coaches scored a strong year for Seahawk sports. Our accomplishments included: Colonial Athletic Association tournament championships for volleyball and men’s basketball, a strong NCAA appearance by men’s basketball and NCAA wins for women’s soccer and baseball.
These are just a few examples of the many extraordinary things our students, faculty and staff accomplished in 2015-16. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see where we will soar in the year ahead.
Jose V. Sartarelli
Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5931