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UNCW Celebrates Joanne Nottingham’s Retirement

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

On Dec. 2, friends, family, students and former students joined faculty and staff from across campus in the Clock Tower Lounge for a reception in honor of Joanne Nottingham. Nottingham, known as “Doc Nott” to students, was the faculty coordinator of UNCW’s Leadership Studies program and lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership at the Watson College. She retired in December, following a career that spanned 16 years in business and 29 in education.

Watson College Dean Van Dempsey shared highlights of Nottingham’s career in the fields of PR, marketing, advertising and higher education. He described her as a colleague, friend and “person who moves through our world with grace and dignity and has a tremendous impact,” and thanked her on behalf of students, faculty, the college and the university.

Cathy Barlow, interim vice provost; Jon Kapell, director of Campus Activities and Involvement; and Michele Parker, associate professor in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership also spoke at the event.

Nottingham said she is “passionate about everything I do.” Each day in class, she wrote a quote on the chalkboard for students. She shared several of her favorite words of wisdom and quotes, including one from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind when it’s possible. It is always possible.”

Nottingham said she is looking forward to retirement when vacation will be not just a reward, but a way of life.