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UNCW building named for retiring chancellor, Jose Sartarelli

UNCW Board of Trustees hosted a campus celebration honoring retiring Chancellor Jose Sartarelli where Osprey Hall was renamed to Sartarelli Hall April 22. (Courtesy photo/JEFF JANOWSKI/UNCW)

WILMINGTON — In honor of the sixth chancellor and ninth leader of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a campus building was renamed as Sartarelli Hall.

The UNCW Board of Trustees voted to rename the building formerly known as Osprey Hall to honor Jose V. Sartarelli’s legacy and contributions. The announcement was made Friday.

Sartarelli, hired as chancellor in July 2015, announced in September he will be retiring June 30.

“Thank you for helping make UNCW what it is today,” board of trustees chair Gidget Kidd said in a press release. “In honor of all we have accomplished together and in honor of your leadership on behalf of the Board of Trustees, we officially dedicate this building as Sartarelli Hall.”

Sartarelli grew up in Brazil and has lived in Venezuela, Chile, Singapore and throughout the U.S. Prior to taking the helm at UNCW, he served as West Virginia University’s chief global officer and Milan Puskar dean of the College of Business and Economics. He spent three decades in international marketing and management with three global pharmaceutical companies: Eli Lilly and Company, Bristol Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson.

Under Sartarelli’s leadership, the university earned national recognition for achieving excellence amid adversity, set records for annual enrollment ad graduation, launched a $100-million campaign goal, enhanced campus and online offerings, and achieved a new research designation.

UNC System president Peter Hans said in a September press release Sartarelli increased UNCW’s student population by 40% over the last decade and expanded campus facilities to meet that growth.

That same press release noted during his tenure, Sartarelli was recognized by Business North Carolina as one of the state’s most influential leaders. Wilmington Biz Magazine included him among the “Power Players – businesspeople and officials having the greatest impact on the region’s business and economic landscape.”

Some of his noted accomplishments include:

  • UNCW’s expanding student body resulted in the largest volume of enrollment growth in the UNC System – $74 million over a six-year period.
  • Provided strategic support for research and scholarly activities, which earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” – R2 institution – by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 2018.
  • Received approval for 20 new degrees.
  • Provided strategic leadership during the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Dorian and throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • Enhanced support for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Launched “Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW.”
  • Transformed campus through new construction and renovation.

“While my time as your chancellor is coming to a close, my heartfelt commitment to UNCW will never end,” Sartarelli said in the release.

UNCW has been ranked the last three years as one of only three UNC campuses among the “Top 100 Public National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

The school will celebrate its 75th anniversary this fall under new leadership.


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