Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

September 1, 2017

Dear Seahawk Community,

Welcome to a pivotal time in UNCW history! The 2017-18 academic year marks the 70th anniversary of UNCW, back then Wilmington College. The university has since grown into a nationally ranked university with more than 16,000 students. With our Strategic Plan in place, we will continue to build on the legacy of excellence embodied by generations of UNCW students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

In August, we welcomed over 2,100 freshmen, more than 1,900 transfer students and nearly 60 new faculty members to the campus community. Thank you to the more than 2,000 volunteers and housing staff who helped the Class of 2021 get settled in their rooms during Move-In. We celebrated the start of the semester with Convocation, a series of “UNCWelcome” events and the opening of the renovated Military Resource Lounge. Two Seahawks – employee Julius Collins, an electronics specialist, and David Buzzard ’18 – were recognized for their extraordinary military service at the annual Cape Fear Purple Heart Dinner.

In keeping with UNCW’s global focus, research professor Catharina Alves de Souza; Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs Michael Wilhelm; and I traveled to Brazil to meet with students and build relationships with partner universities and organizations that sponsor international students.

And once again, UNCW’s commitment to high-quality, affordable educational opportunities has been recognized by national ranking organizations, including The Princeton Review and the website College Choice, which placed UNCW 9th nationally on a list of the Best Online Education Degrees for 2017. I am confident that our students, faculty and staff will make 2017-18 another outstanding academic year.

Wings Up, Seahawks! 

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Jose V. Sartarelli


Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5931

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