UNCW Names Eddie Stuart as New Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Eddie Stuart, pictured with Chancellor Gary L. Miller, has been named UNCW Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eddie Stuart has been named as UNCW’s new Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, the university announced today. Stuart, who currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor in the division, will step into his new role on August 1. Stuart was named to the post after an extensive nationwide search for departing Vice Chancellor Mary Gornto’s replacement.

“With over eighteen years of experience, Eddie has continuously demonstrated his fundraising expertise with the development and implementation of successful major gift strategies,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “His proactive approach, leadership skills and proven record working with alumni, donors and our community partners make him ideal for this new role.”

As Assistant Vice Chancellor, Stuart led UNCW’s philanthropic major gifts program including major gifts, parent giving, corporate and foundation giving, and planned giving. Stuart also worked with senior leadership to provided strategic direction for University Advancement.

In his new role, Stuart will be working closely with the Chancellor to develop and execute an innovative philanthropic strategy, while providing overall leadership support to Academic Affairs, the Department of Athletics, the Office of Community Partnerships, the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the UNCW CREST Research Park. He will provide senior leadership in areas of major and principal gifts, planned giving, stewardship, alumni relations, research and prospect management, advancement services, and university events and will also serve as the Executive Director of the UNCW Foundation. Stuart will now be a member of the Senior Leadership team, leading activities of the University Board of Visitors  and will be the senior staff liaison to the Board of Trustees External Affairs Committee.

“As a UNCW alum, I am honored by the opportunity to lead UNCW’s philanthropic development and efforts,” said Stuart ('05M). “Throughout my time at UNCW, I have cultivated and nurtured meaningful relationships that will benefit both the mission of the university and more importantly, the students who are preparing for their future and the truly valued faculty who are shaping it. I continue to be humbled by the generosity of our donors and look forward to leading our program while expanding our donor and alumni engagement efforts.”

Prior to being named Assistant Vice Chancellor in 2009, Stuart was appointed Senior Director of Development, where he developed the infrastructure and built a team to successfully transform UNCW’s major gift program in preparation of the university’s most recent successful comprehensive campaign. 

Stuart graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Business Administration.

Stuart is replacing Vice Chancellor Mary M. Gornto, who is retiring in July after 11 years at the university. Under her leadership, UNCW completed the largest fundraising campaign in its history, raising more than 66 million to support endowed scholarships, distinguished professorships and many university initiatives.