UNCW Dean Aswani Volety Selected for Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

UNCW College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aswani Volety is among the Class of 2018 protégés for the Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute. Co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the highly competitive program aims to help African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islanders in senior-level positions advance their professional goals, while diversifying the leadership ranks in higher education.

“The MLI will be strengthened by Dr. Volety’s charismatic and enthusiastic personality coupled with his high level of native intellect and interpersonal skills,” UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli wrote in his nomination of Volety. He further noted that his participation in the program “will be of enormous mutual benefit,” as promoting a diverse culture and embracing a global mindset are key initiatives of UNCW’s Strategic Plan.

A native of India, Volety has served as CAS dean since 2014. As the leader of UNCW’s largest academic unit, he has guided the implementation of several new programs, including a Ph.D. in psychology, a bachelor’s in digital arts and an M.F.A. in filmmaking. In addition, he has expanded the number of experiential learning opportunities, funded faculty development initiatives and increased the college’s fundraising efforts.

Anticipating this opportunity as “a transformational learning experience,” Volety said he is looking forward to furthering his strategic thinking and tactical action skills to better manage the coming changes to higher education. “Learning best practices for thoughtfully realigning resources and systems will allow me to adapt and position the college and institution to successfully manage the process of growth and accessibility at UNCW,” he said.

Volety holds a Ph.D. in marine science and is currently serving a two-year term as president of the Southern Association of Marine Labs. In the fall, he traveled to Toulouse, Paris and Brussels to develop ideas for increasing faculty, staff and student exchange between UNCW and French academic institutions as part of a Fulbright Fellowship.

-- Caroline Cropp