On March 31, 2016, Jose V. Sartarelli was officially installed as the sixth chancellor and ninth leader of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Faculty, staff and students joined members of the Wilmington community for the historic event on Hoggard Lawn – in all, a gathering of nearly 2,000 people.

A native of Brazil, Sartarelli took office at UNCW on July 1, 2015. Prior to that, he served as chief global officer and dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He also had a three-decades-long career in marketing and management for the international pharmaceutical industry.

“I know of no higher calling than guiding this university toward the future,” Chancellor Sartarelli noted in his remarks, where he also unveiled a strategic planthat will serve as a blueprint for the university’s future.

University of North Carolina system president Margaret Spellings formally presided over the installation ceremony. W. Louis Bissette Jr., Chair of the UNC Board of Governors, noted that while the ceremony marks the formal beginning of Sartarelli’s leadership, he has already established himself as a strong leader and guided the campus with a clear vision since arriving in July.
“In only 69 years, this institution has already achieved the kind of support and recognition that many older and more established universities can only dream about,” Sartarelli said. “I believe my leadership style will empower us to advance the university’s vision and mission collaboratively to the great benefit of our students and our community as well as the state of North Carolina.”

— Caroline Cropp