Strategic Plan


Chancellor SantarelliDear Faculty, Staff and Students: 

UNCW stands at a pivotal moment in its journey. The university, emerging from the pandemic in a strong position, has been uplifted in Seahawk spirit by the commitment and support of the campus and our community. The success of our current Strategic Plan is evident in our ability to continue thriving despite the challenges we have faced since it was implemented in 2016. It was extended for one year, through 2022, to allow ample time for us to plan for the next phase of UNCW’s future.* 

It is from this platform that we are launching the next strategic plan for UNCW. We will begin, of course, with an inclusive process guided by the Strategic Design and Planning Steering Committee. The SDPSC comprises faculty, staff and students from across UNCW to represent a diverse set of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. Three stellar co-chairs will lead the committee:  

  • Dr. Nathan Grove, Faculty Senate President & Professor, Chemistry 
  • Susan Smith, 2020-21 Staff Senate Chair & Office Manager, Campus Recreation 
  • Dr. James Winebrake, Provost & Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs 

See the Chancellor's full message regarding the launch of the next strategic planning process.

With best regards,

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Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli 

* Given the impact of the global pandemic, UNCW will continue to utilize the university's existing strategic plan while the leadership team collaborates with the campus community in 2021-22 to develop new priorities and guidance for the future.