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UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli Receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Monday, May 02, 2022

UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in recognition of his contributions to public service. The award is among the highest honors a North Carolina governor can confer. 

Chancellor Sartarelli was presented the award during a retirement reception on April 28. He announced in September 2021 that he would step down as leader of the university effective June 30, 2022.

For seven years, Chancellor Sartarelli has steered UNCW through extraordinary growth, spearheaded development of innovative new degree programs, navigated multiple hurricanes and a global pandemic. During his leadership, the university earned national recognition for achieving excellence amid adversity.

UNCW set records for annual enrollment and graduation; publicly launched Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, which is expected to surpass its $100 million goal; increased community, military and international partnerships; enhanced on-campus and online educational offerings; and achieved an elevated research designation.

For the past three years, UNCW has been one of only three UNC System institutions ranked among the “Top 100 Public National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

Before joining UNCW, Chancellor Sartarelli had served as the West Virginia University as chief global officer and Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics. Before transitioning into higher education, Chancellor Sartarelli spent three decades in international marketing and management with three global pharmaceutical companies – Eli Lilly and Company, Bristol Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson.

During his tenure, Chancellor Sartarelli was recognized by Business North Carolina as one of the state’s most influential leaders. Wilmington Biz Magazine included him among the “Power Players – businesspeople and officials having the greatest impact on the region’s business and economic landscape.”

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Chancellor receives award

Morgan Jackson '96, Chancellor Sartarelli, BOT Chair Gidget Kidd '91 and Mrs. Sartarelli