Monthly Chancellor's Message
Kenan House

December 2021

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

December is a joyful time of year, and that wonderful sense of celebration permeated our 101st commencement ceremonies, where we honored more than 1,100 graduates from the Class of 2021. We marked the end of the semester with other significant achievements, including major renovations for the centers within the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. UNCW also earned high recognition from Bee Campus USA for our sustainability efforts. The university started the season of giving with its best “Giving Tuesday” ever thanks to the generosity of our students, alumni, faculty, staff and other donors.  

Earlier this month, UNCW welcomed Earl F. “Hugh” Caison II '85 to the Board of Trustees as its newest member. The Chancellor Search Committee, guided by Chair Gidget Kidd ’91, who also serves as chair of the Board of Trustees, moved forward with efforts to recruit a new leader for our great university. The committee held several listening sessions with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. The committee also requests your input to support its work. Please share your feedback via a survey at by Jan. 14, 2022.  

Our student-athletes earned well-deserved recognition again from the NCAA for their Graduation Success Rates. Three Seahawks on both of our men’s and women’s soccer teams earned All-Region honors and the baseball team announced its spring schedule

We are eagerly looking ahead to 2022, when we hope public health conditions will allow us to further increase in-person courses and applied learning experiences as well as on-campus activities, events and services. The new year has the potential to bring great opportunities to our students, faculty, staff and the entire UNCW community, and we cannot wait to continue soaring to excellence. Until then, best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy winter break. 

Go Seahawks!

Jose V. Sartarelli



Chancellor Sartarelli and graduate

Chancellor Sartarelli congratulates Watson College of Education doctoral graduate of Educational Leadership Nicole Moore.


Bee Campus USA

UNCW was named an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, a program that recognizes, supports and encourages pollinator conservation on college campuses.

Upperman Center

The Upperman African American Cultural Center has expanded to accommodate the growing number of students who come to congregate with friends or find a quiet place to study.

Chancellor, Brig. Gen Niebel, Bill Kawczynski

Brigadier General Andrew M. Niebel (Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations East) was invited to the UNCW campus by Chancellor Sartarelli and senior leaders Dec. 1. Bill Kawczynski, director of the Office of Military Affairs, stands at right.

Hugh Caison

Alumnus and supporter Earl F. “Hugh” Caison II '85 was appointed to UNCW's Board of Trustees. He is a past Cameron School of Business Alumni of the Year honoree and a UNCW Foundation member.

Provost Winebrake, Chancellor, Dr. Roseboro

UNCW and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University launched an initiative that creates a pipeline for the universities to recruit diverse faculty. Provost Winebrake, Chancellor Sartarelli and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Donyell Roseboro sign the memorandum of agreement.

Coach Siddle and kids

The Seahawk Club, UNCW's Athletics booster club, held a pre-game reception for members before the basketball team's home game against Norfolk State Dec. 1. Above, Coach Siddle talks with young fans.



Alexus Ellis

Alexus Ellis ’21, Criminology and Sociology Major and member of the Hubert A. Eaton Honor Society

Brad Moore

Brad Moore, Director of Sports Performance

Ashlee Fleming

Ashlee Fleming '21, Psychology Major and recipient of the Pat Leonard Senior Medallion Award

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