Spring 2014 CHHS Commencement


Margaret Weller Stargell


The Spring Commencement for the CHHS is scheduled for May 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm in Trask Collosium. This ceremony will include graduates from the College of Health and Human Services, the Watson College of Education and the Graduate School.

In line with the CHHS commitment to Community Engagement and Input, we have focused upon selecting the Commencement Speaker from one of our Community Partner Organizations. This year I am pleased to announce that Margaret Weller-Stargell, President and CEO of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. of Wilmington, N.C.has agreed to be our Commencement Speaker. Margaret oversees the complete operation of Coastal Horizons Center and its program components. In addition, she supervises services in a 53 county area with a budget of over $15M, and monitors the activities of 9 Program Directors and over 200 staff members. Margaret Weller-Stargell has been with the corporation since 1985.

Margaret, a native of Wilmington, is a graduate from North Carolina State University. She has been employed at Coastal Horizons Center since 1985, where she began her work in counseling. In 1995, she became the Executive Director of the agency, and serves today as the corporation’s President and CEO. Coastal Horizons Center, Inc., nationally accredited through CARF, provides professional assistance to those in need of prevention, crisis intervention, criminal justice alternatives, community outreach, and treatment for substance use and mental health disorders. The largest private, non-profit human services organization providing behavioral health and primary care services, Coastal Horizons Center is headquartered in Wilmington and serves 53 counties in Eastern North Carolina.

Mrs. Weller-Stargell served on former Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo’s Advisory Council at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and is a recipient of the UNCW Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar award. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). She currently serves on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, and was appointed to serve as a member of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC). She also currently serves on the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities’ Services (NC DHHS) External Advisory Team, the NC Practice Improvement Collaborative on Substance Abuse and is a member of the Wilmington Downtown Rotary.

Margaret Weller-Stargell is the President of the Willie Stargell Foundation, a private non-profit organization that raises money to assist those struggling with kidney disease. Mrs. Weller-Stargell is the widow of the late National Baseball Hall of Fame Member, Willie Stargell.


School of Social Work: May 9, 10:30 a.m., Kenan Auditorium

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences: May 9, 2:00 p.m., Burney Center

School of Nursing: May 9, 2:30 p.m., Lumina Theater

School of Nursing/Clinical Research: May 9, 11:30 a.m., Lumina Theater

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