Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli with portrait

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

May 29, 2020

Dear Seahawk Community, 

As May comes to a close, I feel great pride in our university and the students, families, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and community partners who make it special. Due to the coronavirus, it was a difficult month at the end of a difficult semester, and yet we prevailed. Although we had to postpone commencement, we celebrated the Class of 2020’s accomplishments in new ways, including a photo mosaic, a special Kudoboard, personalized phone calls from faculty, a “Dear Seahawks” notecard campaign from staff, and much more! We look forward to welcoming this legendary group of Seahawks and their families back to campus August 7-8, when we have rescheduled commencement. 

As different as this semester has been in many ways, some very important things have remained the same – the excellence of the programs and people who define the UNCW experience. Faculty researchers Mike Mallin and Larry Cahoon are working with community partners to improve the water quality of Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake. University College staffer Najee Wise won a national award for academic advising. Sustainability officer Kat Pohlman and Lindsay Lake ’21MFA joined Wilmington’s Clean Energy Task Force. Ashton Cloer ’22 and Ryan Walsh ’22 were named Hollings Scholars, a distinction that comes with prestigious scholarships presented by NOAA. And eight UNCW Athletics teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their success in the classroom.

These Seahawks, and thousands more, inspire me as we prepare to return for the fall semester. A Planning Team, facilitated by Dean Charlie Hardy of the College of Health and Human Services, has developed guidelines for re-opening campus in a safe and effective way for our students, faculty and staff. As we finalize our initial steps to return, we will share details with the Seahawk community. I have no doubt that the months ahead will bring numerous challenges, but we will return – carefully and thoughtfully – and our campus community will be better and stronger because of the experiences we have all endured.

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