Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli with portrait

MONTHLY Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Sept. 30, 2019

Dear Seahawk Community, 

Once again, September brought tropical conditions to our area and, once again, our Seahawk family responded with care and consideration for students, faculty, staff and the community. We were fortunate that Hurricane Dorian did not cause the devastation in our area that it did in the Bahamas, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the storm. Just one year ago, Hurricane Florence caused significant damage on our campus and in this community. While we have made significant strides in our recovery – nearly all of our planned repairs have been made, the renovation of Dobo is underway, and our new student housing complex is taking shape – we know the storm left a lasting impact on this area. To that end, UNCW’s Center for Faculty Leadership coordinated “Wings up for Wilmington,” a service day and food drive to benefit our community partners and to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Florence. 

Kudos to the faculty members recognized at the Annual Faculty Awards. Their achievements in teaching, research and scholarship represent the dedication and expertise of UNCW’s faculty. The university reached two major milestones in September: UNCW was included for the first time on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best national universities, ranking 92nd among all top public universities in the country; and UNCW achieved the highest enrollment in its history, with 17,499 students attending the university this fall. 

Our fall sports are in full swing now, with great recent wins in men’s tennis and soccer and women’s volleyball. Come to campus whenever you can to catch the Seahawks in action! Check out scores, schedules and more at Congratulations to UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass, who will help provide direction on a national level as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee.

Go Seahawks!


Jose V. Sartarelli


Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5931
Tel 910.962.3030
Fax 910.962.4050