Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli with portrait

MONTHLY Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Jan. 31, 2020

Dear Seahawk Community

Now that 2020 is underway, UNCW is embarking on a special time in our history as enrollment climbs and new programs continue to expand the opportunities we can offer students. The new year is off to a strong start, with an estimated 848 more students on campus in spring 2020 compared to spring 2019. A $400 million investment in capital improvements on our campus is taking shape, with construction of Veterans Hall, two new residence halls, a parking deck and the renovation of Dobo Hall, severely damaged by Hurricane Florence.

Once again, UNCW ranks 8th in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2020 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.” The university also ranks 6th on the publication’s list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans for the second year in a row. Overall, the university ranks 92nd among Top Public National Universities, according to U.S. News.

These rankings reflect the quality of our programs as well as the commitment our faculty and staff have made to inspiring and supporting our students. These Seahawk superstars include 15 recipients of the university’s Discere Aude Award for outstanding mentoring and WILMA’s 2020 Leadership Institute participants Ashley Wells, an assistant dean for community engagement, and Jennie Jackson ’19M, business service coordinator for UNCW’s Research and Innovation Center. For the second year in a row, the Office of International Programs' Jennifer Fernandez-Villa and the Watson College of Education’s Donyell Roseboro welcomed 22 teachers from 20 countries to UNCW as part of the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement program.

UNCW’s literary magazine Ecotone and in-house imprint Lookout Books continue to shine, receiving a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the fifth straight year. In 2020, the Doctoral Transition Task Force looks forward to hosting campus workshops and other activities to focus on resource adjustments to support UNCW’s elevated designation to “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity.”

A new semester means new opportunities for you to engage with UNCW during sports events, arts and humanities presentations, and Homecoming, one of our biggest events of the year! Make plans now to join other Seahawks for these and other great activities.

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