What is an installation?

An installation is the formal charging of a new institutional leader by the State of North Carolina through its representatives, the President of the University of North Carolina System, the UNC Board of Governors and the UNCW Board of Trustees. This transition event grants the rights and powers of the Office of Chancellor and assigns the attendant responsibilities and accountability. The installation connects longstanding academic traditions and symbols to the promises of UNCW's bright and inspiring future.

When is the installation ceremony?

10 a.m., Friday, March 31, 2023, in Trask Coliseum. 

Are members of the public invited to attend installation?

Space is limited for this invitation-only event. As an NC public institution, UNCW strongly embraces its connections throughout the state. Therefore, the event organizers have paid special attention to inviting representatives of the community from across North Carolina and beyond to participate in this historic occasion in the life of UNCW.

Where do guests park?

Parking for visitors/guests during the ceremony will be available in Trask Lot, with overflow in Hamilton Lot. Attendees with a state-issued disability placard are encouraged to park in Trask Lot at Wagoner Drive. Those without a state-issued disability placard can drop off guests in front of Trask Coliseum prior to being directed to a parking space.

Faculty, staff and students should plan to utilize alternate transportation as parking close to the facility will be limited. To assist, parking and transportation services will extend the On-Campus Loop Trolley until 2 p.m. and will provide a Special Express Shuttle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a continuous loop with four stops along Price Drive and Union Drive.

Who is coordinating the overall installation?

The Installation Steering Committee: 
• Bradley R. Ballou '06, Co-chair
• Edwin T. Stuart '05M, Co-chair
• Jordan H. Calfee '09
• Lowell K. Davis, Ceremony Committee Chair
• Andrea Monroe Weaver
• James J. Winebrake

* The steering committee thanks the faculty, staff and students across campus who will be involved in the installation preparations, activities, events, promotion, support and post-ceremony cleanup.

Is it usual for the installation ceremony to take place after the chancellor starts work?

Yes. Because an event of this scale includes the entire university community, it takes several months to plan and coordinate. An installation ceremony usually takes place sometime during the second semester of a new chancellor's first year of service.

How many chancellors has UNCW had?

Dr. Aswani K. Volety is the seventh chancellor and tenth leader of the University North Carolina Wilmington. Presidents led Wilmington College, as the university was known prior to joining the University of North Carolina system in 1969.

Previous UNCW Leaders:

• Jose V. Sartarelli, Chancellor (2015-22)
• William A. Sederburg, Interim Chancellor (2014-15)
• Gary L. Miller, Chancellor (2011-14)
• Rosemary DePaolo, Chancellor (2003-11)
• James R. Leutze, Chancellor (1990-2003)
• William H. Wagoner, Chancellor and President (1968-90)
• William M. Randall, President (1958-68)
• John T. Hoggard, President (1949-58)
• T.T. Hamilton, President (1947-49)

What is the difference between a president and a chancellor?

In North Carolina, "chancellor" is the title given to the chief executive of one of the 17 institutions in the public university system, while president is the title given to the chief executive of the UNC System.