What is an installation?
An installation is the formal charging of a new institutional leader by the State of North Carolina through its representatives, the President of the University of North Carolina, the UNC Board of Governors and the UNCW Board of Trustees. This transition event grants the rights and powers of the Office of Chancellor and assigns the attendant responsibilities and accountability. The installation is a significant moment in the life of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, connecting longstanding traditions and symbols to the promises of a bright and inspiring future.
What is the vision for the installation?
Since his arrival in July 2011, Chancellor Gary Leon Miller has emphasized UNCW’s commitment to academic excellence and affordability. His vision of academic excellence builds upon the university’s commitment to student learning in an environment in which teaching, research, service, entrepreneurship, university-community partnerships, dedication to diversity and the stewardship of place are core values. Chancellor Miller holds that a collective vision for the university must include high quality academic programs, profound faculty and student research within a culture of innovation, meaningful community partnerships, global awareness and engagement and a world-class student experience.
When is the installation ceremony?
10:30 A.M., Friday, April 20, Hoggard Hall Lawn
Is the ceremony the only installation event?
UNCW will mark Chancellor Gary Leon Miller’s installation by presenting more than 40 events during the month of April that represent the best of student, faculty, staff and university achievements. Most of the featured activities will occur as a natural part of university life. While some have been moved, the Installation month captures the chancellor’s focus on celebrating the richness of programs at UNCW. The Installation Committee invited the campus community to host these activities in April to commemorate Chancellor Miller’s installation, taking an innovative, cost-effective approach to creating a broad-based university celebration requiring minimal new resources.
Are members of the public invited to attend installation events?
The University of North Carolina Wilmington strongly embraces its role as a public institution. Therefore, the organizers of installation events have paid special attention to inviting members of the community from across North Carolina and beyond to participate in this historic occasion in the life of UNCW. During the month of April, thousands of campus and community guests are expected to attend installation events. For information about specific events, please visit the University Calendar, look for the Installation Events tab and contact the appropriate event sponsor if you wish to participate.
Who is coordinating the overall installation?
The Installation Committee
- Robert E. Tyndall — Chair,
Professor of Leadership, Watson School of Education
Executive-in-Residence, Cameron School of Business
- Cathy Albergo, Chair, Department of Music
- Max Allen, University Chief of Staff
- David Cordle, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
- Elizabeth Grimes, Director, Employee Relations and Staff Development
- Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships
- Jeren Hernandez, Senior
- Leah Kraus, Interim Chief Information Officer
- Charles A. Maimone, Vice Chancellor, Business Affairs
- Georgia Nix Miller, First Lady, UNCW
- Shelley Morse, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
- Wendy Murphy, Alumna and Member of the UNCW Board of Trustees
- Matt Rogers, UNCW Campus Dining/Aramark
- Claire Stanley, Director, Events and Donor Relations
- Frank Trimble, Professor, Communication Studies
- Ronald J. Vetter, Professor, Computer Science
- Larry Wray, Executive Director of Campus Life
Is it usual for the installation ceremony to take place after the chancellor starts work?
Yes, it is. Because an event of this scale includes the entire university community, it takes several months to plan and coordinate. An Installation ceremony usually takes place sometime during the second semester of a new chancellor's first year of service.
What are the meanings of the elements included in the new “Dare to Soar” symbol developed for the installation?
This new symbol represents UNCW’s optimistic, confident and innovative spirit. The theme connects the past theme, Soaring to Greatness, with the challenge of the future, Dare to Soar. The uplifting shape of the Seahawk in motion reflects our founding and the forward focus of our mission. “Dare to Soar” issues a challenge to pursue knowledge fearlessly and create opportunities that will empower generations to come. The moment of flight requires leaving the familiar, taking risks and believing in a better future. With this inspiring message, our campus community pledges to move forward.
What values does the university hope to highlight during the installation events?
We believe that disciplined and principled learning contributes to the greater good of individuals, communities and societies. Research and scholarship extend UNCW’s mission as an institutional and civic partner.
We are dedicated to educating students and developing innovations to preserve freedom of inquiry, speech and dissent and provide a better quality of life for all.
We are committed to creating a community that embraces individuals with compassion and humanity. We are dedicated to understanding and appreciating the diversity of our world.
We understand that UNCW must serve as a steward of Southeastern North Carolina. We value our connections to this community and to our coastal environment. We seek opportunities to collaborate with civic leaders, to reflect on our community’s history, and to shape its future.
We will create opportunities to celebrate the human condition and to enhance our understanding of it through exploration of the arts and humanities.
We are grateful for the opportunities UNCW has, we appreciate the friendship and support we receive, and we approach the future with energy and optimism.
How many chancellors has UNCW had?
Chancellor Gary Leon Miller is the fourth chancellor and seventh leader of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Presidents led Wilmington College, as the university was known prior to joining the University of North Carolina system in 1969.
Previous UNCW Leaders
- Rosemary DePaolo, Chancellor (2003-11)
- James R. Leutze, Chancellor (1990-2003)
- William H. Wagoner, Chancellor and President (1968-1990)
- William M. Randall, President (1958-68)
- John T. Hoggard, President (1949-1958)
- T.T. Hamilton, President (1947-1949)
What is the difference between a president and a chancellor?
In North Carolina, chancellor is the title given to the chief executive of one of the 17 institutions in the public university system while president is the title given to the chief executive of the UNC system. Gary L. Miller is the chancellor of UNCW, and Thomas W. Ross is president of the UNC system. Describe the medallion developed for the installation. A new medallion, to be worn by the chancellor on ceremonial occasions such as commencements, has been designed for the installation. The front of the medallion showcases the university seal while the back lists each chancellor and president of the institution. The seal signifies the chancellor’s pledge to uphold the rights and responsibilities of the office and to support the mission of the university. This medallion will become a part of the symbols of office designed for future chancellors to pass to their successors.
How much does the installation cost? And what are the funding sources?
The installation ceremony and related activities take place on April 20, and are funded entirely from donations contributed by friends of the university. These generous donors and corporate sponsors embrace the greater university and welcome the new chancellor through their participation. Other events during April occur as a natural part of annual university activities and are funded from pre-allocated sources in support of these programs. Finally, some events include an attendance fee to defray costs or support scholarships and campus programs. Chancellor Miller has charged the Installation Committee, as good stewards of university resources, to keep costs below those of the Installation eight years ago, and to ensure that Installation costs are supported by external donations and in-kind contributions.