Several Seahawks Named to “WilmingtonBiz 100”

Monday, October 28, 2019

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli is among leaders with UNCW ties who have been named to the “WilmingtonBiz 100,” an initiative of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal to recognize the top “power players, influencers, innovators, connectors and rising stars” in southeastern North Carolina.

“I am very honored to be recognized, but I am even prouder that the Greater Wilmington Business Journal has named so many with UNCW affiliations to the list,” Sartarelli said. “As a university, we congratulate all the honorees, and especially those who are UNCW employees, current and former trustees, alumni, donors and friends of UNCW.” 

Many of the influential leaders included on the list have UNCW connections. Among the honorees who are UNCW employees or serve on university boards are: 

  • Henry L. “Hal” Kitchin Jr., chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees and partner in McGuireWoods LLP.
  • Yousry Sayed, UNCW trustee and president/CEO of Quality Chemical Laboratories. Dr. Sayed, who has served as an administrator, professor and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, made a $5 million gift to UNCW to support development of programs related to pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry.
  • UNCW Board of Trustees Immediate Past Chair Ronald B. “Ronnie” McNeill and John A. “Sandy” McNeill, principals/owners of Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services, major donors and namesakes of McNeill Hall.
  • Rob Burrus, dean of the Cameron School of Business. A longtime UNCW faculty member and 2004 recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, as dean he has overseen the development of multiple new programs. He will also collaborate with faculty to establish the David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems, made possible by a $10 million gift to UNCW.
  • Charlie Hardy, founding dean of the College of Health and Human Services. He was recently named the winner of the Business Journal’s “Health Care Heroes” Lifetime Achievement Award and has overseen the growth of CHHS to serve community needs.
  • Diane Durance, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She brought “Fish 2.0.,” which connects seafood businesses and investors to grow the sustainable seafood sector, to UNCW. She was a 2014 finalist in the Fish 2.0 competition before coming to UNCW and was named one of WILMA magazine’s 2017 “Women to Watch.”
  • Karl Ricanek, professor of computer science, director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences and 2019 Distinguished Faculty Scholar; co-founder and chief data scientist, Lapetus Solutions Inc. Ricanek’s work with facial analytics and biometrics has resulted in commercial ventures and government contracts.
  • Jennifer McCall, assistant professor of clinical research in the CHHS School of Nursing and CEO of SeaTox Research Inc. She has been the recipient of a Cahill grant for faculty scholarship and was named one of WILMA’s 2017 “Women to Watch.”
  • Stephanie Lanier ’03, ’07M, chair, UNCW Alumni Association Board of Directors, and owner, The Lanier Property Group.
  • Alison Baringer English ’04, treasurer, Alumni Association Board of Directors, and executive director, North Carolina Azalea Festival.

The “WilmingtonBiz 100” will be featured in the December 2019 issue of WilmingtonBiz Magazine

-- Tricia Vance