Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli with portrait

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

July 2019

Dear Seahawk Community,

In July, UNCW sponsored several community arts events; welcomed more than 200 professionals from across the nation to campus for the Southern Regional Conference for Learning in Retirement, hosted by OLLI; earned a coveted spot among the 300-plus “best and most interesting” schools included in the 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges; and was ranked the 32nd best value nationally among public colleges by Kiplinger's.

The university also welcomed new and familiar faces to leadership roles at UNCW. The Board of Trustees elected its 2019-20 officers, led by Chair Henry L. (Hal) Kitchin Jr., and welcomed new members, Mr. Michael Lee and Dr. Yousry Sayed.

Several administrators and faculty leaders were named to important new roles, including: Stuart Borrett, Associate Provost for Research and Innovation; Rich Ogle, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Chris Finelli, Dean of the Graduate School and Executive Director of Marine Sciences; Lynn Leonard, Director of the Center for Marine Science; Nate Miner, Associate Vice Chancellor for Resource Management; and Christine Pesetski, Interim Director of University College.

In our continued visits to community colleges, we formalized the university’s Pathway to Excellence partnership with Wake Technical Community College. Many of UNCW’s transfer students start their college careers at Wake Tech, the state’s largest community college with more than 74,000 students.

As the second summer session comes to a close, our campus is eagerly looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2023 to campus next month. They will enroll at a doctoral university committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement.

Go Seahawks!

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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