Office of the Chancellor

About Jose V. Sartarelli

Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli is the sixth chancellor and ninth leader of the University North Carolina Wilmington. He brings more than 35 years of professional leadership experience to UNCW. He is committed to attracting the best students, faculty and staff to UNCW by supporting the university's success in teaching, research and service.

Under his leadership, UNCW is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion; globalization; ethics and integrity; and excellence and innovation. During Chancellor Sartarelli’s tenure, the university continues to implement its Strategic Plan; has set records for annual enrollment, graduation and philanthropic giving; increased community, military and international partnerships; enhanced online educational offerings; and added several new academic programs. The university also secured its highest gift in university history and supported the launch of the first satellite sent into space by a UNC System institution. Chancellor Sartarelli has guided the university through significant challenges, including the global COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricanes Florence and Dorian. The university recently completed $400 million in planned and storm-related campus improvements. This includes renovation of Dobo Hall and construction of Veterans Hall, new student housing and other academic and administrative support facilities.  

UNCW consistently earns recognition in national rankings and was recently elevated to the classification of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNCW is included among the nation’s Top 100 Public National Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Nearly 18,000 students were enrolled in fall 2020, a record for UNCW.

A native of Brazil, Chancellor Sartarelli received a bachelor of business administration in marketing from the São Paulo School of Business Administration (Fundação Getulio Vargas) in São Paulo, Brazil. He then attended Michigan State University as a Fulbright Scholar, earning a M.B.A. in marketing and a doctorate in business administration.

The Chancellor, who took office July 1, 2015, previously served at West Virginia University, where he was the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics for five years. As West Virginia's chief global officer, the chancellor focused on international recruiting efforts, achieving double-digit growth in international undergraduate applications. Before transitioning into higher education, Chancellor Sartarelli spent three decades in international marketing and management with Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co.

He and Katherine, also an active volunteer in civic and community organizations, are proud Seahawks who enjoy being a part of the UNCW family.