Monthly Chancellor's Message
Students are surrounded by cherry blossoms in front of the Warwick Center.

Message from Chancellor Aswani K. Volety

Dear UNCW Community: 

Spring has come to campus, and it’s a beautiful reminder of what UNCW has to offer as the university continues to grow and develop.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of hosting U.S. Navy Admiral Daryl Caudle, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, here at UNCW. We showcased applied learning opportunities available through MarineQuest, technology that drives research in our Oceanographic Lab, and our Shellfish Research Hatchery’s contributions to growing shellfish aquaculture and industry development. Of particular interest was valuable data collected by the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science and the future research of acoustics mapping. 

Opportunities like this enable the university to illustrate how it plays a significant role in addressing locally important and globally relevant challenges through teaching, research, scholarship and engagement. Ramping up these efforts is a priority as UNCW plans its future.

In July, the College of Arts and Sciences will transition to two new colleges to aid the university in addressing the needs of the region and in furthering the mission, vision and evolution of academics at the university. The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, and the College of Science and Engineering build on a firm foundation to better support and enhance the studies of our students and the work of our dedicated faculty and staff. 

For the 10th year, the UNCW community rallied together for a successful Seahawks Give. On April 4 and April 5, 1,646 donors, including alumni, students, parents, friends and employees, showed their support during the annual tradition. In support of Seahawks across campus, $268,688 was raised, bringing the 10-year total to more than $1.8 million. We are grateful for each gift, and all of them count towards Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW and its ambitious $125 million stretch goal to support students, faculty, facilities and programs on campus.

Congratulations to our men’s golf team, 2023 CAA Champions! UNCW Athletics welcomed new women’s basketball head coach Nicole Woods to the team in April. She will help our Seahawks bring a lot of hustle and heart to the hardwood next year. 

I’m very much looking forward to next month’s commencement. Celebrating the Class of 2023 is yet another reminder of the communities we serve through the success of our students, faculty and staff. 

Yours in Seahawk spirit,

Aswani K. Volety


Above: Students are surrounded by cherry blossoms in front of the Warwick Center.


Chancellor Volety leads Dr. Lynn Leonard and Admiral Caudle and his wife through the Center for Marine Science

U.S. Navy Admiral Daryl Caudle visits UNCW's Center for Marine Science, where Chancellor Volety and Dr. Lynn Leonard offered a tour of research projects underway. Admiral Caudle is a North Carolina native and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.


Nicole Woods

Nicole Woods was named the 12th head coach in UNCW women’s basketball history. Woods takes over the Seahawk program after 10 years at UNC Charlotte, which included four 20-win seasons.

Chancellor Volety looks at a portrait of Dr. Charles Hardy with Dr. Hardy beside him

The College of Health and Human Services held a scholarship luncheon to honor donors and student recipients. Chancellor Volety presented the portrait of the school's founding dean, Dr. Charles Hardy.

Students represent UNCW in the Azalea Festival Parade

UNCW took part in the Azalea Festival Parade during the 76th annual event in downtown Wilmington. Chancellor Volety also rode in the parade.

Cornerstone Award recipients pose in front of a projection screen

Cornerstone Award recipients were recognized at a banquet for making a significant impact on campus. High-achieving students were nominated and selected by staff and faculty.

Cody Brandon

Cody Brandon '24 was elected student body president for the 2023-24 term. He will serve as the student representative to the university Board of Trustees.

UNCW men's golf team

UNCW claimed its eighth CAA men's golf championship, and junior Patrick Sparks became UNCW's sixth individual champion.

Sammy C. Hawk rides a surfboard in an inflatable wave

Sammy C. Hawk rides an imitation wave at a luncheon hosted by University Advancement to celebrate the Seahawk experience and the tradition of the 24-hour Seahawks Give campaign.

Future Seahawks and their families gather on campus

Future students and their families gathered to learn more about campus and Seahawk life at the annual Seahawk Preview Day.

Group wearing hard hats shovels teal sand

A ceremonial groundbreaking launched construction of the Outdoor Recreation Complex Renovation Project. The site between Price Drive and the Student Housing Village will house multipurpose fields for basketball, volleyball and field sports.

Students explore hands-on science activities with an educator in the Education Building

The STEM Learning Cooperative hosted the 2023 NC Science Festival event titled "Full STEAM Ahead: Science Meets Art For All." The cooperative delivers aspirational STEM learning opportunities for students, families and educators in southeastern North Carolina.

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