UNCW Welcomes New Provost

Monthly Chancellor's Message
Fisher Student Center, Fisher University and the Amphiteater, with green plants in the foreground.

June 2020

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community, 

The month of June presented the UNCW community with compelling reasons to reflect on our values, participate in difficult but important conversations, and collaborate even more closely as we navigate the challenging times facing our campus, state and country. Together, we mourned the passing of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard, who has been a part of the UNCW community for 37 years. Her leadership, commitment to students and dedication to UNCW were legendary, and she will be deeply missed.

In recent weeks, many students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends have questioned the university's commitment to its values of inclusivity, cultural awareness, equality and transparency. We have heard your concerns, and we know that UNCW needs to do better. The university is going into the future with a renewed focus on developing an action plan to move UNCW forward, rebuilding trust and supporting diversity at all levels of the Seahawk experience.

Although our new Provost Jamie Winebrake officially starts his role July 1, he already has been hard at work, connecting with faculty, staff and campus leaders to shape our plans for the fall academic experience. We also named Brian Victor to a new role at UNCW; he will serve as interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, where his integral knowledge of that division and its programs will be an asset. Kudos to Alison Taylor (Biology and Marine Biology), who has received international recognition for her contributions to the field, and to Kevin McClure (Watson College of Education) for receiving a Joyce Foundation grant to study how COVID-19 affects rural students' access to education. As these Seahawks and countless others demonstrate every day, we have the ability and determination to continue pursuing excellence even in the most challenging times. 

With best wishes for your health and happiness,

Go Seahawks!

Jose V. Sartarelli



Portrat of Pat Leonard in a teal and brown ensemble standing at the service desk inside the Fisher Student Center, with students and staff walking and talking in the background.

Pat Leonard was an integral part of the Seahawk community for 37 years, including 24 years as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Her vision and enthusiasm helped create a student-centered campus with abundant resources to support students academically, culturally, emotionally and socially. During her tenure, she oversaw numerous construction projects and was a strong advocate for all students. To many, she was fondly known as "VCPL."


Portrait of James J. Winebrake in a navy blue suit jacket, light blue button-down shirt and yellow tie in front of a house.

James J. Winebrake realized when he was an undergraduate that he was destined for a career in higher education. He begins his duties as UNCW's new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs July 1.

A blue background with waves on one side and gears on the other; a fish on the left wearing headphones with the UNCW MarineQuest logo above and "Online Learning and Hands-on fun" at the bottom. At right, a series of gears and a brain; text all around the gears reads "Engineering Expectations." Text at top: New 2020 Virtual Summer Camps,

UNCW summer camps have gone online, including virtual field trips and hands-on educational activities students can complete at home at their own pace.



A black-and-white print of a river surrounded by trees with the words "LET JUSTICE ROLL LIKE A MIGHTY RIVER -- Amos 5:24)

The virtual, juried exhibition “Protest Signs: Projected Voices of the Community” will run from July 16-Aug. 30. (Artwork by Shannon Bourne, Art and Art History)

The cover of Ecotone, maroon background decorated with reddish flowers and brown-gray leaves. Text: "The LOVE Issue."

Congratulations to Ecotone, which was again named a finalist for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker Awards.

A house-shaped logo with "Best Seat in the House" written inside it on top of a photo of an open laptop computer on a desk. Text at bottom: Stay Connected and Celebrate the Arts

The "Best Seat in the House" is still available. The UNCW Office of the Arts offers free streaming of local, regional, and national performances.

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