We Are UNCW

Harry Eason

October 1, 2019

Harry Eason came to UNCW looking for a job, but over time, that job became a career.
 
For the past 17 years, Eason has worked in the motor pool department as a general utility worker. He is responsible for assisting mechanics in the garage and maintaining supplies. He held jobs in an auto parts store and a plumbing supply company before joining UNCW.
 
“I didn’t think I was going to get the motor pool position,” he said. “There were some great people at the time who took a chance on me and gave me an opportunity. I am grateful and indebted to those people to this day.”
 
Eason said he saw there were opportunities for advancement at UNCW, and those opportunities have allowed Eason to grow by “leaps and bounds.”
 
“I have matured into who I am now because of people I have met at UNCW, not just inside the school but also in the community,” he said. “I have a place that I can come to every day and enjoy.”
 
In February 2019, Eason assumed more responsibility, agreeing to serve as interim HUB coordinator in UNCW’s Office of Facilities. “I had a few learning curves, but they were welcomed learning curves,” he said. “I’m doing something I’m passionate about.”
 
Another passion is his work in his church. Eason, who serves as an elder at Faith Temple Church of God and Christ in Wilmington, has preached and taught the gospel for 26 years. “We have a slogan at Faith Temple Church of God and Christ: ‘Big enough to serve you, but small enough to know you,’” he said.
 
Eason finds those same attributes at UNCW, where the people make the university a jewel, he said.
 
“The people who come here and give of themselves unselfishly to keep the university going and to make it what it is,” he said. “One of the things I tell people who are interested in coming to UNCW is that it is a safe place, and their children will be around people who are loving, kind and concerned about them. I see the university as a place you can really grow and build, and be a part of something that is larger than yourself.”
 
-- Venita Jenkins
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