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Annual Report

Chancellor Aswani K. Volety in academic regalia

Greetings from UNCW

My first year as UNCW Chancellor exceeded my expectations, and I have our students, faculty and staff to thank for many remarkable achievements in 2022-23.



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students hug at commencement

Senior Class President Nolan Byrd was among the graduates at the 103rd Commencement.

Calling Together the Seahawk Community

UNCW officially started the 2022-23 academic year in Seahawk style by welcoming nearly 5,000 new students, including first-year, transfer and graduate students, through time-honored Seahawk traditions known as “UNCWelcome.”

“Join me on this most exciting journey. Let’s soar high, soar far and soar together.”   
— Dr. Aswani K. Volety formally installed as UNCW’s seventh chancellor on March 31, 2023   

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s marching band closed the installation ceremony with a surprise performance. The Blue and Gold Marching Machine’s appearance was a gift from A&T Chancellor Harold Martin, representing the collaboration UNCW enjoys with its sister institutions.

UNCW closed 2022 by graduating 2,442 students (1,649 bachelor’s, 772 master’s and 21 doctoral) during its 103rd commencement exercises Dec. 16-17. On May 12 and 13, 3,183 graduates (2,408 bachelor’s, 696 master’s and 79 doctoral degrees) were officially honored with degrees.



Bachelor's Degrees Awarded in 2022-23


Master's Degrees Awarded in 2022-23


Doctoral Degrees Awarded in 2022-23

Miss Lumbee 2022 title holders perform in traditional dress

Performers including Miss Lumbee titleholders kicked off the Indigenous Peoples Celebration in November at the campus amphitheater.

Chancellor Volety and Brienna Rafferty cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Asian Heritage Cultural Center

Chancellor Volety cut the opening ribbon for the Asian Heritage Cultural Center on campus with Brienna Rafferty '23, the Asian Student Association president.

Academic Evolution

UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences transitioned to two new colleges to better address the future needs of the region and further the mission, vision and evolution of academics at the university. The university formally launched the two new colleges on July 1, 2023 — the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts and the College of Science and Engineering — and welcomed the founding deans to the Seahawk family.

A Wilmington native, CHSSA Dean Dr. Stephanie B. Caulder comes to the university with nearly 25 years of administrative experience, most recently as the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University in Virginia.  

A professor in the Department of Computer Science, CSE Dean Dr. Ronald J. Vetter has more than two decades of administrative and leadership experience, having previously served as the university’s associate provost for research and dean of the graduate school. 

A New Slate

Dr. Carol McNulty

Dr. Carol McNulty, associate provost for undergraduate education and faculty affairs, was appointed interim dean of the Watson College of Education.

Dr. Carol McNulty

Dr. William D. Schafer

Dr. William D. Schafer was named interim vice chancellor of student affairs. A veteran student affairs professional with more than 40 years in higher education, he has held leadership positions at West Virginia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Texas at El Paso and CU Boulder. 

Dr. William D. Schafer

Dr. Jack C. Watson II

Dr. Jack C. Watson II was named dean of the College of Health and Human Services. He joins UNCW with 16 years of administrative experience and an extensive background in leadership development. From 2019-22 he served as dean of West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. He previously served as associate dean, assistant dean and chair of the Department of Sport Sciences.

Dr. Jack C. Watson II
Aerial photo of progress on the Randall Library extension project

Construction continues to advance on the Randall Library extension project.

CAA trophies

UNCW Athletics holds five CAA team championships for the 2022-23 season in Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving, Men's Tennis, Baseball and Men's Golf.



Cumulative GPA for UNCW Student-Athletes


of Student-Athletes above 3.0 GPA


Graduation Success Rate

UNCW educates and graduates thousands each year – that will not change. We will continue to improve the support they receive along the way and graduate better prepared, educated, informed and caring 21st century citizens.
UNCW is here for our students because of our faculty and staff. Their leadership through service is a constant in the life of the university.
UNCW will continue to work with state leaders to pursue additional funding for critical workforce programs, research and teaching initiatives. We share a common purpose: to make a difference, to learn, to grow and improve our campuses and our communities.
As North Carolina’s coastal university, UNCW focuses on solving problems of local importance and addresses issues of global relevance. Alumni owned businesses, teachers, nurses, researchers - UNCW’s impact is in our schools, our hospitals, on our bookshelves and under our microscopes.


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As a scholarship recipient, I was able to make the most of my time at UNCW. I completed an honors college research project on academic interventions, studied abroad in Italy, Denmark, and England and developed my leadership skills as the president of Student AmbassadorsThese experiences will have an impact on the rest of my life and the lives of the students in my classroom.
Camille Bayer ’23
Camille Bayer ’23