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Board of Trustees portrait. Front Row (L to R) Michael Drummond, Dennis Burgard, Henry Kitchin, Jr., Chancellors Jose Sartarelli, Gidget Kidd. Back Row (L to R) Yousry Sayed, Robert Rippy, Woody White, Hank Miller, Agnes Beane, Nicholas Pianovich, Michael Lee.
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Chancellor Sartarelli

July 2019

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

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!


Jose V. Sartarelli

(Top photo: The UNCW Board of Trustees and Chancellor Sartarelli. Front Row (left to right): Michael R. Drummond, Dennis P. Burgard, Henry L. (Hal) Kitchin Jr., Chancellor Sartarelli and Gidget Kidd. Back Row (left to right): Yousry Sayed, Robert S. Rippy, Woody White, Henry E. (Hank) Miller III, Agnes R. Beane, SGA President Nicholas Pianovich and Michael Lee. Not pictured: Maurice R. Smith and H. Carlton Fisher.)

Wearing yellow vests and hard hats, Chancellor Sartarelli (second from front) and UNCW trustees look out on campus from the top of Veterans Hall, which is under construction..
Chancellor Sartarelli and members of the Board of Trustees toured Veterans Hall, which is scheduled for completion next year.

Chancellor Sartarelli and Scott Ralls
Chancellor Sartarelli met with Scott Ralls, president of the state's largest community college, Wake Tech, which has a Pathway to Excellence agreement providing an avenue for community college graduates to receive guaranteed admission to UNCW.

Chancellor (center) and students from Fudan University give the "Wings Up" sign on the steps in front of Alderman Hall.
Students from Fudan University in Shanghai met with Chancellor Sartarelli during their visit to UNCW as part of the English as a Second Language program.

New Student Housing Village under construction.

View the slideshow to see the progress that has been made to date on the new Student Housing Village.

Jennifer Gamez,

Jennifer Gamez, 2019 Marian Drane Graham Scholar

Brian Arbogast

Brian Arbogast, Chair, American Society of Mammalogists Conservation Committee

Devontae Cacok '19

Devontae Cacok '19, Former Seahawk Signed by L.A. Lakers Organization

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