Ashley Adamovage

November 7, 2016

When Ashley Adamovage’s husband left the U.S. Marine Corps after eight years of service, the couple was given no guidance to help them adjust to life after the military. That experience led her to make a commitment to ease others’ transition by helping them navigate the challenges of returning to civilian life.

“I truly feel that we owe everything to this great nation’s military personnel and their families. I’ve made a promise to myself and to the State of North Carolina that I will do everything that I can possibly do to help serve the military,” she said.

Adamovage began her career in 2010 as a project manager at the Onslow Extension Site. In 2013, she joined the UNC General Administration as a UNC system-wide advisor for military-affiliated personnel. In 2016, she returned to UNCW as the student services coordinator for the Onslow Site, which offers degree programs to military-affiliated students and Onslow County residents.

“I’ve met numerous people and have networked on UNCW’s behalf to become more active within the military community,” she said. “UNCW’s presence will only increase on North Carolina’s military installations under Chancellor Sartarelli’s strategic plan, and my position is tailored to not only achieve this direction, but to provide quality academic programs and services to meet the needs of the military community.”

Her commitment to service members goes beyond UNCW and southeastern North Carolina. She currently serves as president of the Southeastern Council on Military Education, which represents North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The council’s goal is to address military education issues and to promote quality educational and professional opportunities within all branches of the Armed Forces. As president, she hopes to strengthen academic quality, increase student services and scholarship opportunities and ensure a financially stable organization.

Adamovage is also developing a faculty and staff “Green Zone” training manual. This extensive guide will include a comprehensive training system for faculty and staff to become aware of military-affiliated students, their struggles, and how they can better serve this unique student population.

“By providing the services and programs necessary for these students to succeed, the institution will increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates overall,” she said. “UNCW has a large military-affiliated population. I’d like to encourage faculty and staff to be aware of them, and they’ll quickly realize why it’s so important for them to be on campus with the ‘traditional’ students. They bring invaluable knowledge, culture, diversity and uniqueness to the classroom, which provides a strong learning environment to other students.”

-- Venita Jenkins