Office of the Chancellor

About Jose V. Sartarelli

Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli is the sixth chancellor and ninth leader of the University North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Sartarelli brings more than 35 years of professional leadership experience to UNCW. Under his leadership, the university is focused on the priorities outlined in the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan. He is committed to attracting the best students, faculty and staff to UNCW by supporting the university's success in applied learning, community engagement and academic research. Under his leadership, UNCW is focused on diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation.

During Dr. Sartarelli’s tenure, the university has developed and begun to implement its 2016-2021 Strategic Plan; set records for annual enrollment and philanthropic giving; focused on a master plan to guide campus growth; increased community, military and international partnerships; enhanced online educational offerings; and added several new academic programs. With Dr. Sartarelli’s leadership, UNCW students, faculty and staff are “Giving Flight to Imagination,” which is leading to significant recognition for them and the university.

A native of Brazil, Dr. Sartarelli received a bachelor of business administration in marketing (1973) from the São Paulo School of Business Administration (Fundação Getulio Vargas) in São Paulo, Brazil. He then attended Michigan State University as a Fulbright Scholar, earning an MBA in marketing (1975) and a doctorate in business administration (1979). He met his wife, Katherine Ann Sartarelli, during graduate school at Michigan State, where she earned a master's degree in biophysics.

The chancellor, who took office July 1, 2015, came from West Virginia University, where he served as the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics for five years. At WVU, Dr. Sartarelli led a business college that enrolled more than 2,700 students and was ranked by Businessweek as one of the top 100 undergraduate business programs in the nation.

Under his leadership, WVU’s business college improved its academic profile, set enrollment and fundraising records, partnered with other campus units to create six joint degree programs, established three new centers and launched both a Ph.D. in business administration and a fully online executive master of business administration. U.S. News & World Report ranked the EMBA program 25th nationally in 2015. As West Virginia's chief global officer, Dr. Sartarelli focused on international recruiting efforts, achieving double-digit growth in international undergraduate applications. With his guidance, WVU forged new partnerships and signed student exchange agreements with top universities and colleges in Germany, China, Israel and Brazil, among others.

Before transitioning into higher education, Chancellor Sartarelli spent three decades in marketing and management for the international pharmaceutical industry. From 2001 to 2010, Chancellor Sartarelli worked for Johnson & Johnson as pharmaceutical group chairman for Asia-Pacific, Japan and Latin America. In that role, he oversaw a business with $3 billion in annual sales and more than 9,000 employees throughout more than 50 countries. In 1997, he joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. as senior vice president of franchise management, business analysis and planning. He was later named president of two international medicines groups. He began his career with Eli Lilly and Co. where, over the course of 17 years, he held senior positions with increasing levels of responsibility for company operations in the United States, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

He and Katherine, also an active volunteer in civic and community organizations, are proud Seahawks who enjoy being a part of the UNCW family.