UNCW names temporary leader for CIE

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UNC-Wilmington has named a temporary head for its hub of cutting-edge companies.

The university announced Monday that Chuck Whitlock, currently a UNCW business instructor, will serve as the interim director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). UNCW’s Dr. Ron Vetter has overseen the administrative side of the center after director Jim Roberts’ decision to leave his post in March.

“He is a successful businessman and a dedicated educator with a proven track record,” Vetter said of Whitlock.

Whitlock is the former owner of an executive training organization in the Pacific Northwest whose members employed over 50,000 employees and did in excess of $50 billion in sales, Vetter said. Whitlock fostered 20-25 new businesses annually during the 20 years in operation.

He has also served on the board of Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, and has written several business and true crime books, in addition to producing segments for and appearing in hundreds of nationally televised shows over the past decades, including ” The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” “Inside Edition,” CNN, “60 Minutes” and “Extra.”

Vetter also noted Whitlock’s volunteer experience as an asset to CIE during this transition process.

“As a board member of the FBI Citizens Alumni Academy and board member of the Salvation Army, he is keenly aware of and supportive of the need for community service,” Vetter said. “As the interim director, Chuck will help ensure that the university can continue to meet the business needs of the CIE while supporting the entrepreneurial community in Wilmington.”

Vetter said the university plans to conduct an external search for a permanent director this fall so incoming chancellor Dr. Zito Sartarelli can provide input regarding the job description and his long-term vision for CIE.