Dr. Jose V. "Zito" Sartarelli Named Next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Wilmington, NC (April 10, 2015) - Dr. Jose V. "Zito" Sartarelli has been elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. UNC System President Tom Ross nominated Dr. Sartarelli during the Board of Governors’ quarterly meeting held this morning at East Carolina University.

In nominating Sartarelli to the Board of Governors, Ross said: “Zito Sartarelli brings to the role of chancellor a rare combination of corporate and academic leadership experience, strategic thinking, and a truly global perspective. In senior positions with major international companies and as an academic administrator, he has proven himself to be a resourceful, collaborative leader who raises the bar, expects nothing short of excellence, and leads by example. He also has earned a reputation for great integrity, sound judgment, and a strong commitment to student success and community engagement. I am convinced that Zito Sartarelli has the expertise, skills, experience and vision needed to be a truly great chancellor for UNC Wilmington.”

Chancellor-Elect Sartarelli will take office on July 1, 2015 succeeding William A. Sederburg, who has served as interim chancellor since June 2014. Chancellor-Elect Sartarelli currently serves as chief global officer and dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Dr. Sartarelli as the Chancellor-Elect of UNCW,” said Chancellor William A. Sederburg. “Dr. Sartarelli has an outstanding record in leadership positions overseeing the development and success of numerous programs at West Virginia University. Zito's energy and professional background are an ideal fit for the university, particularly during this time of great growth and momentum. The campus community is fortunate to gain a leader with Dr. Sartarelli's wealth of knowledge, passion for higher education and commitment to providing students with global opportunities to learn and flourish.”

Chancellor-Elect Sartarelli has been the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics at WVU since 2010 and was named the university’s first chief global officer in 2013. As dean, he leads a college that enrolls more than 2,700 students and has been ranked by Businessweek as one of the top 100 undergraduate business programs in the country. Chancellor-Elect Sartarelli is credited with improving the academic profile of the college’s students, faculty and staff, while setting all-time records in enrollment and fundraising. Under his watch, the college has partnered with other WVU units to create six joint degree programs; launched a Ph.D. program in business administration and a fully online executive master of business administration (EMBA); established three new centers; and expanded its community, state and global engagement. In its rankings of online MBA programs, U.S. News & World Report ranks the EMBA 25th nationally.

“This was a broad-based search process that involved the UNCW campus and community on many levels,” said Michael Shivar, UNCW Board of Trustee Chair and Co-Chair of the Chancellor Search Committee. “Given UNCW’s outstanding reputation, the search committee had the opportunity to meet many candidates with leadership abilities, and Dr. Sartarelli impressed all of us. I have no doubt that he will guide UNCW toward a new level of success that will benefit the entire region.”

Wendy Murphy, UNCW Board of Trustee member and Co-Chair of the Chancellor Search Committee said, “Dr. Sartarelli impressed me with his passion for making a difference, both at UNCW and in the community. Higher education is changing in many ways on many levels, but I am confident that he is ready to guide the university through challenging times to a future filled with possibilities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and communities across Southeastern North Carolina. These are exciting times for UNCW, and I look forward to seeing all that the university will accomplish in the years ahead.”

As WVU’s chief global officer, Sartarelli is charged with expanding the university’s global footprint. In that role, he has strategically focused international recruiting efforts and achieved double-digit increases in international undergraduate applications. Under this leadership, WVU also has forged new partnerships and signed student exchange agreements with top universities and colleges in Germany, China, Israel, and Brazil, among others.

A native of Brazil, Sartarelli received a bachelor of business administration in marketing (1973) from the São Paulo School of Business Administration (Fundação Getulio Vargas) in São Paulo, Brazil. He then attended Michigan State University as a Fulbright Scholar, earning an MBA in marketing (1975) and a doctorate in business administration (1979).

Before transitioning into higher education, Sartarelli spent three decades in marketing and management for the international pharmaceutical industry. He began his career with Eli Lilly and Co. (1980-1997), where he held senior positions with increasing levels of responsibility for company operations in the United States, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Over the course of his tenure with Lilly, he managed pharmaceutical operations in Brazil and Chile, directed international market planning activities, and oversaw Asia-Pacific operations, based in Singapore.

Sartarellli joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in 1997 as senior vice president of franchise management, business analysis and planning and was later named president of two international medicines groups (1998-2001).

From 2001-2010, Sartarelli worked for Johnson & Johnson as pharmaceutical group chairman for Asia-Pacific, Japan and Latin America. In that role, he oversaw a business with $3 billion in annual sales and more than 9,000 employees spread over more than 50 countries. Upon leaving the company in 2010, he became dean at WVU.

Sartarelli is a former board member of the Council of the Americas. In addition, he has held leadership positions in professional organizations in numerous countries and is a past chair of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America International Steering Committee. He currently serves on the board of the West Virginia United Health System and sits on its Finance Committee.

Sartarelli and his wife, Katherine Ann “Kathy” Sartarelli, met as graduate students at Michigan State, where she earned a master’s degree in biophysics. She has been an active volunteer in civic and community organizations.  

Located in Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University is a public land-grant research institution that enrolls roughly 32,000 students from every U.S. state and more than 110 other countries. Its 15 colleges and schools offer more than 190 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in fields including agriculture, natural resources, the arts and sciences, business and economics, education, engineering, journalism, law, public health, and medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.

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About the University of North Carolina Wilmington
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 14,000 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

About the University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina is a multi-campus university dedicated to serving our state and its people through world-class teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach and service. The oldest public university in the nation, UNC traces its roots to the state’s 1776 constitution, which held that “All useful Learning shall be duly encouraged and promoted in one or more Universities.” Today, more than 220,000 students are enrolled on 16 university campuses across the state and at the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the country’s first public, residential high school for gifted students.

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