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Lori Messinger

August 16, 2015

In her new role as associate vice chancellor for external programs, Lori Messinger – a former choir leader and vocalist who toured with a jazz band in college – is singing the praises of UNCW’s distance education programs.

“We have so many groups on campus involved with outreach in our communities in one way or another,” she said. “This opportunity is such a good fit for my interests.”

The university’s external programs represent a wide-ranging investment in the region, according to Messinger. Through her work, she hopes to create connections between the campus and the communities that UNCW serves.

Messinger, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College, a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, previously served as director of the School of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). She has significant experience with many of aspects of the university’s external programs.

“The social work program grew a lot in the past few years, partly because we were actively involved in online education and on location in Onslow County,” she said. “Many people don’t know how much expertise our faculty have in a variety of areas,” she said, “and that we’re willing to partner with them to make a difference in their communities. I want external programs to become a resource for them.”