Office of the Chancellor

Message from Chancellor Sartarelli Re: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UNCW

June 1, 2021

Dear Campus Community: 

Below you will find a message from Dr. Donyell Roseboro and Mr. Eddie Stuart about the launch of UNCW’s search for our next Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Roseboro has provided tremendous vision and guidance to our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts since she stepped into the interim leadership role in July 2020. I am grateful for her service, and I know her students and colleagues in the Watson College of Education are excited at the prospect of welcoming her back to the classroom soon. The professional selected for this position must be a highly influential leader with a proven track record of helping communities embrace change and create a sense of belonging for diverse students, faculty and staff while advancing equity and inclusion efforts.   

I want to personally encourage all of you to participate in this search to the best of your ability. We will keep you posted on the search via this website and various campus communication channels. Please contact to share your insights and ask any questions you may have about the search process.

Thank you for your commitment to helping UNCW recruit our next Chief Diversity Officer. 


Jose V. Sartarelli

Message from the Chairs
Dear Campus Community:  

We have officially launched the search for our next Chief Diversity Officer. This person in this position will help us to bring synergy to our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across campus. They will provide leadership for our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives with critical attention to the ways we sustain an inclusive culture as we engage with diverse communities. The kind of person in this position will serve as a thought leader, trusted advisor, and effective communicator while developing a campus-wide vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion and building coalitions on campus and beyond. You may access the job description online.  

We are pleased to have Academic Search Partners assisting the search committee in our search for the next Chief Diversity Officer. They bring more than 40 years of experience with executive-level searches. They are providing recruitment services, executive coaching, and transition support. Prior to the launch of the search, Academic Search Partners met with a number of stakeholder groups to learn about us, our culture for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and our hope for the future of UNCW. Quite intentionally, they used the ideas shared in those sessions to craft a position profile.  

This search is possible only with the support of a dedicated search committee. It is our pleasure to introduce the members of that search committee. Applications for the position are due by Monday, June 21. From there we will identify a semi-finalist pool of candidates to interview via Zoom. Once those semi-finalist interviews are complete, the search committee will identify the final candidates for the position. We hope to have the position filled by the fall semester.  

We invite you to be a part of the selection process. Please stay tuned for more specific information on semi-finalist interviews and, later, for more details about interview days for the finalists. Each candidate will have the opportunity to meet with various stakeholder groups, do a campus-wide presentation, and meet with the senior leadership. Your voice in this process matters to us.  

This place is its people. Each day, through a global pandemic, you have risen, stepped up, and built an even better UNCW more strongly committed to the communities we serve. Join us in finding a colleague who can lead us in building with collective purpose.  


Donyell L. Roseboro, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief Diversity Officer, Interim

Eddie Stuart ‘05M, Vice Chancellor, Division for University Advancement