Office of the Chancellor

About Jose V. Sartarelli

Chancellor Jose V. "Zito" Sartarelli brings 35 years of professional leadership experience to the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is committed to attracting the best students, faculty and staff to UNCW by supporting the university's success in applied learning and academic research. Sartarelli, who took office July 1, 2015, came from West Virginia University, where he served as the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics for five years.

A native of Brazil, Chancellor Sartarelli received a bachelor of business administration in marketing (1973) from the São Paulo School of Business Administration (Fundação Getulio Vargas) in São Paulo, Brazil. He then attended Michigan State University as a Fulbright Scholar, earning an MBA in marketing (1975) and a doctorate in business administration (1979). He met his wife, Katherine Ann Sartarelli, during graduate school at Michigan State, where she earned a master's degree in biophysics.

At West Virginia University, Dr. Sartarelli led a business college that enrolled more than 2,700 students and was ranked by Businessweek as one of the top 100 undergraduate business programs in the nation. Under his leadership, the business college improved its academic profile, set enrollment and fundraising records, partnered with other campus units to create six joint degree programs, established three new centers and launched both a Ph.D. in business administration and a fully online executive master of business administration. U.S. News & World Report ranked the EMBA program 25th nationally in 2015. Dr. Sartarelli and his wife also endowed a merit scholarship at WVU for freshmen interested in majoring in business or economics.
As West Virginia's chief global officer, Dr. Sartarelli focused on international recruiting efforts, achieving double-digit growth in international undergraduate applications. With his guidance, WVU forged new partnerships and signed student exchange agreements with top universities and colleges in Germany, China, Israel and Brazil, among others.

Before transitioning into higher education, Chancellor Sartarelli spent three decades in marketing and management for the international pharmaceutical industry. From 2001 to 2010, Chancellor Sartarelli worked for Johnson & Johnson as pharmaceutical group chairman for Asia-Pacific, Japan and Latin America. In that role, he oversaw a business with $3 billion in annual sales and more than 9,000 employees throughout more than 50 countries. In 1997, he joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. as senior vice president of franchise management, business analysis and planning. He was later named president of two international medicines groups. He began his career with Eli Lilly and Co. where, over the course of 17 years, he held senior positions with increasing levels of responsibility for company operations in the United States, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

Over the years, the chancellor has held leadership roles with numerous professional organizations in several countries. He is past chair of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America International Steering Committee and a former board member of the Council of the Americas. He also served on the board of the West Virginia United Health System.
He and Katherine, also an active volunteer in civic and community organizations, are proud to join the UNCW family. They look forward to learning about the university and the community and are excited to share their global experiences with a new group of colleagues and friends.