UNCW Names Jeanine M. Minge Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

After a national search, Jeanine M. Mingé has been appointed to the position of associate vice chancellor for community engagement at UNCW, the university announced today.

Mingé, who will begin her new role July 15, 2019, is coming to UNCW from a similar position at California State University, Northridge. She succeeds Kristen Brogdon, who has served as interim since August 2017. Brogdon accepted a new position as director of programming at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.  

In this position, Mingé will oversee programs, offices and partnerships that connect the talent and resources of the university to the academic, creative, service interests and needs of the broader community. She will also provide leadership in supporting the promotion of cultural arts and will work with numerous partners to deepen the scholarship and creative engagement of the university with the community.

“Jeanine Mingé’s extensive experience in community engagement will allow the university to build upon the success of programs and initiatives that address the cultural, academic and service needs of the region and beyond,” said Provost Marilyn Sheerer.

The university’s Strategic Plan emphasizes nurturing partnerships, building on campus strengths and supporting employee interests to increase community, regional and global impact and to enrich the student experience.

As the university’s associate vice chancellor for community engagement, Mingé will report to the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and is a member of the Office of Academic Affair’s senior staff. She also will be responsible for the entities under the Office of Community Engagement (OLLI, QENO and continuing education) and the Office of the Arts, as well as strategic goals for community engagement.

“There is a wealth of opportunity to enhance learning through application and connections with the wonderful Wilmington community,” said Mingé. “I look forward to being part of a team dedicated to enriching the quality of life through scholarship, arts partnerships and programs and mutually beneficial community engagement through reciprocal relationships with our community partners.”

Mingé said she was inspired by UNCW’s faculty and staff leading engaged programs and by students dedicated to enhancing their educational experiences through outreach and engagement. “I am excited to champion the incredible ‘outside of the walls’ programming both already happening and in development at UNCW,” she added.
Prior to coming to UNCW, Mingé held several positions at California State University, Northridge, including director of community engagement, a position she has held since 2017; director of performance ensemble; director of graduate students; associate chair of the Department of Communication Studies; communication studies professor and basic course director.

Her areas of research interest include community-based performance, community activism through the arts, health and wellness, space/place and qualitative methods. She is the author of several publications and works with the Floating Doctors in Panama, a nonprofit activist organization whose mission is to reduce the burden of disease and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide.

Mingé earned a Doctor of Philosophy with a specialization in community-based art, nonprofit/university collaboration and social justice from the University of South Florida. She earned a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from San Diego State University and received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from James Madison University.


The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice.