UNCW’s Division of Student Affairs Earns National Recognition

Thursday, March 05, 2020

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is one of 27 universities recognized as a “most promising place to work in student affairs.” Diverse: Issues In Higher Education published the report in the March 5 edition of the magazine.

Other institutions on the list include Bowling Green State University; the College of William & Mary; Miami University; Ohio University and Virginia Tech. Since 2013, Diverse has employed a web-based survey approach to rank institutions on factors such as workplace diversity, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities. UNCW was previously recognized in 2017.

"On behalf of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Patricia Leonard and the approximate 175 student affairs professionals who call UNCW their home, it is very nice to receive this honor for the second time in four years,” said Mike Walker, associate vice chancellor and dean of students.

Citing the division’s practice of being highly inclusive in its recruitment, hiring practices and professional training, Walker says supportive leaders, talented faculty and driven students all contribute to an exceptional student-centered experience.

“The student affairs team takes great pride in being identified as a national leader in soliciting the best and most diverse staff to land here and help us achieve our goal of creating the best possible holistic experience for UNCW students,” he said.

UNCW was included on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of Colleges with Great First-Year Experiences and was one of four UNC System schools featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020, which highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities. 

Nurturing a student-centered community and enhancing student support programs are priorities as outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan.

-- Caroline Cropp