UNCW Names Michael Wilhelm Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has named Michael Wilhelm associate vice chancellor for international programs after a national search, the university announced today. Wilhelm will assume the role on Dec. 14.
Wilhelm replaces Denise DiPuccio, who had served as assistant provost of international programs until July 2015. Raymond Burt has served as the interim.
“Michael’s background in global education is an ideal fit,” said Interim Provost Marilyn Sheerer.  “We are looking forward to having Michael join the university and feel his leadership skills will aid in the promotion of UNCW’s goal to increase the number of international students on our campus and enhance the educational environment that prepares our students to be global citizens.”
This position oversees the Office of International Programs (OIP), which offers study abroad programs, promotes a global curriculum, hosts international students and nurtures international professional development among faculty and staff. OIP also partners with university departments and the broader community in the promotion of UNCW’s goal of global engagement.
“My experience in global education, mentoring and providing support for international students, in addition to planning and leading study abroad programs, will contribute to the already impressive international programs at UNCW,” Wilhelm said. “I am looking forward to working with the incredible staff and elevating the program to the next level.”
As associate vice chancellor for international programs, Wilhelm will be responsible for implementing an international student recruitment plan, overseeing education abroad programs and establishing and maintaining partnerships with foreign academic institutions.
Wilhelm has extensive experience, including eight years as director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at West Virginia University. He has also served as director of WVU’s Intensive English Program, a lecturer in its Department of Foreign Languages and as a consultant to companies in Japan and Taiwan.
Under Wilhelm’s leadership, the OISS at WVU developed international recruitment initiatives resulting in an increase of the WVU international student population from 1,228 to nearly 2,400. The office received multiple public and privately funded grants from state, regional and national funding agencies. Wilhelm also focused on international opportunities for economic development at the West Virginia state government level as a longtime member of the West Virginia District Export Council, and contributed to internationalizing the smaller public schools through the Higher Education Policy Commission Executive Council for Internationalization.
Wilhelm received his bachelor’s degree in French and international studies and his master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from West Virginia University.