UNCW Forms Office of Military Affairs, Names Bill Kawczynski Director

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Bill Kawczynski has been named the director of the newly created Office of Military Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as of March 1, the university announced today.

“By having a designated person leading our military affairs efforts, UNCW will be better positioned to design and implement programs that are accessible and in high demand by military-affiliated students,” said Provost Marilyn Sheerer. “Bill has a strong commitment to serving our military personnel and their families, and he knows well the issues and expectations of this group when it comes to the academic programs they are seeking.”

Kawczynski, a Marine Corps veteran, had been serving as the university’s Community Partnerships program specialist. He also worked as the assistant director of UNCW’s Science and Mathematics Education Center from 1996-2008.

“UNCW has a longstanding tradition of working with our military community and I am extremely excited about this new role,” Kawczynski said. “We don’t just want to be ‘military friendly,’ but rather ‘military supportive’ in every possible way.”

The Office of Military Affairs, housed within the Office of the Provost, will provide university-wide leadership to support the military community. The office will also collaborate with academic and university departments to provide support services to individuals transitioning into UNCW.

As part of his responsibilities, Kawczynski will develop and coordinate a comprehensive program of support services for military-affiliated students and advocate for student veterans, active duty personnel and dependents. He will also serve as the university’s liaison with outside agencies and offices, whose work advocates for and impacts the lives of veterans, members of the military and their families.