Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli with portrait


Dear Campus Community:

We are proud to announce today that David Congdon ’78 and his wife Helen have made the largest outright gift commitment in university history. The details of their extraordinary generosity are here, but I want to personally acknowledge what their gift represents about the UNCW community. UNCW faculty and staff have inspired students to pursue excellence in everything they do for more than 70 years, instilling a sense of pride shared by generations of Seahawks. Your enduring commitment to our campus and this community has been especially evident in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  By working together, we rallied to reopen campus, resume the semester and respond to challenging conditions with open minds and hearts. I want to thank each one of you for making UNCW such a special place. The spirit of philanthropy is thriving at UNCW, and your role in the ongoing success represented by private gifts – both big and small – cannot be overstated. I couldn't resist the opportunity to pause during this very busy time, as we formally thank Mr. and Mrs. Congdon, to also thank you for your commitment to our present and our future.

Go Seahawks!

Jose V. Sartarelli


Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

From the November 30, 2018 edition of the Chancellor's newsletter

Dear Seahawk Community,

The season of Thanksgiving offered UNCW many opportunities to celebrate the faculty, staff and students who make our university so special. Our university was proud to acknowledge the remarkable ways that many Seahawks responded to Hurricane Florence in a collection of stories featured on the new Hurricane Heroes website (above). Students enjoyed UNCW’s annual “Wagsgiving,” held in Wagoner Dining Hall, and staff in Alderman Hall hosted a pie social and canned-food drive to benefit a local charity. 

Congratulations to Nicole Geczi (Watson College of Education), recipient of the 2018 Staff Award for Excellence, and AiM system administrator Michael Last (Office of Facilities), who received the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed on a state employee. Assistant professor Darin Penneys (College of Arts and Sciences) is part of an international team of botanists that was awarded a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant. The MarineQuest program (Watson College) earned a $262,206 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

UNCW moved up one position to rank 5th nationally among comprehensive universities in the number of students studying abroad, as represented in the 2018 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange. The university also received federal recognition as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, a designation that enhances program graduates’ job marketability. Professor Ulku Clark (Cameron School of Business) masterfully guided the university’s application through the process. 

Our men’s soccer team scored success in November, competing in the first round of the NCAA Division I championship. Five Seahawks earned all-state honors from the 2018 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. Devontae Cacok ’18, a senior forward on the men’s basketball team, is leading the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding and was named to the Lou Henson Player-of-the-Year Award Watch List. Our Seahawks also scored a big win over rival ECU earlier this week. Keep up with all of our great sports teams at

Go 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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