UNCW Appoints Christopher Finelli Graduate School Dean

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Christopher M. Finelli, professor of marine biology and interim chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been named dean of the UNCW Graduate School. His appointment is effective July 1.

“As a doctoral university with high research activity, it is critical we have proven innovative academic leaders, and I am delighted we have secured Chris for this key position,” said Provost Marilyn Sheerer. “I want to extend my gratitude to the search committee and congratulate Chris on his new role.”

During his 12-year tenure at UNCW, Finelli has taught courses and mentored students at all levels of the curriculum. He has provided leadership to both the Department of Biology and Marine Biology and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, administering academic, business and fiscal operations, as well as overseeing the establishment and growth of undergraduate and graduate programs in both areas.

In addition, Finelli represented UNCW during a statewide review of the marine science programs and the re-authorization of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. He has served on several campus-wide initiatives and committees, including the Chancellor’s Strategic Plan Committee, the Fostering Student Success Committee and the Campus Climate Workgroup. In addition, he has held regional and national leadership positions in research and higher education; contributed to nearly $3 million in research funding and published extensively.

As dean of the Graduate School, Finelli will assist the provost and academic deans in the strategic planning for Academic Affairs and provide oversight for all academic and fiscal responsibilities, including growing graduate enrollments that support UNCW’s designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution.

“I’m honored to be part of the Graduate School at UNCW, which has a tradition of excellence and is evolving rapidly. I look forward to working with my colleagues across all disciplines to create new programs that attract students and benefit North Carolina,” said Finelli.

-- Caroline Cropp