Strategic Plan


UNCW stands at a pivotal moment in its journey. The university emerged from the pandemic in a strong position and has been uplifted in Seahawk spirit by the commitment and support of the campus and community. UNCW's Strategic Plan supported the university's ability to continue thriving despite the challenges the university faced since it was implemented in 2016.

The plan was extended through 2022 to allow ample time to plan for the next phase of UNCW’s future. The university appointed a 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. The committee co-chairs are:  

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

See updates for information about the next strategic planning process.