UNCW Recognized as One of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is among the “2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs,” according to a national study conducted by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University.

UNCW is one of 18 universities nationwide that received the designation.Promising Places

“Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” is a collaborative project between the American College Personnel Association and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The study was commissioned to examine the administrative structures, commitment to diversity, and workplace or staffing practices of various divisions and departments of student affairs at participating ACPA member institutions.

“This recognition is a testament to the culture we’ve built over the years,” said Pat Leonard, vice chancellor of UNCW’s Division of Student Affairs. “We have built a culture based on a set of core values – integrity, student-centered, collaboration, pluralism and engagement‎ – that we live by every day. Staff appreciate that we are true to our values and held accountable to them.”

UNCW’s Division of Student Affairs offers flexible scheduling for family commitments and encourages staff to pursue professional development and advanced education, she added.

“I consider it a privilege to work at UNCW and lead the Division of Student Affairs,” said Leonard. “It’s an honor to work with such a competent and dedicated group of professionals.”

Universities selected as “Most Promising Places to Work” will be featured in the March 23 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Other universities named to the list are:

  • Bellarmine University
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • College of William & Mary
  • Hofstra University
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Lynn University
  • Miami University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Olivet College
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Saint Louis University
  • Shepherd University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Vermont
  • University of West Georgia
  • Virginia Tech

-- Venita Jenkins