UNCW Names Bradley Ballou Chief of Staff

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bradley Ballou has been named Chief of Staff for the University of North Carolina Wilmington following a national search, the university announced today.

A 2006 graduate of UNCW, Ballou is the current director of federal relations for the University of North Carolina, acting as the primary liaison to the U.S. Congress for the 17-campus UNC system.

“I am pleased to welcome Bradley back to campus,” said UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “With his diverse experience in the UNC system, political and business arenas, he will be an incredibly valuable asset to the university.”

As UNCW’s Chief of Staff, Ballou will coordinate daily operations in the Chancellor’s office, the divisional budget and employment-related matters. A member of the Chancellor’s cabinet, he will provide support for advancing the Chancellor’s priorities and institutional initiatives. He will also serve as a liaison with the University of North Carolina General Administration.

While earning his bachelor’s in political science from UNCW (with minors in English and international affairs), he served as Student Body President and was a voting member of the university’s Board of Trustees. He was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for service to the university and a Senior Medallion Award.

Following graduation, he earned a master’s of professional studies in political management from George Washington University and worked for North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole. After his service in Senator Dole’s office, Ballou joined the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) as a federal relations liaison.

“From my time at UNCW and as a current member of the UNC system team, I have spent the majority of my career in service to my home state of North Carolina. I look forward to returning to my alma mater and giving back to the university and the state that have given me so much,” said Ballou.

In 2013, Ballou was named UNCW Young Alumnus of the Year for his successful alumni outreach initiatives in the D.C. area. Additionally, he served on the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, Council on Government Affairs, the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Society of Washington D.C. and vice chair of the Tar Heel Circle of Washington D.C.

Ballou succeeds former Chief of Staff Max Allen, who left UNCW earlier this year.


UNCW is North Carolina’s coastal university and is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 15,000 students, UNCW is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and its powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. 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 continuously recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability.