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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today marks the end of an era at UNC Wilmington. It’s Rosemary DePaolo’s last official day on the job at the university.

DePaolo has been chancellor since 2003 arriving from Georgia College and State University. She is leaving UNCW was one of the top five public masters universities in the south and one of the top 20 Best Values in the nation among other accomplishments.

In October DePaolo announced her retirement saying she and her husband want to spend more time together and that it’s time for a new leader with a new vision.

That new leader is Gary Miller. He officially takes over at UNCW tomorrow. The school named Miller chancellor May 3.

The 57-year-old comes from Wichita State University in Kansas, where he was Provost and Vice President. He has also taught and held leadership positions at several colleges and universities across the country.

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4 Comments on "Changing of the guard at UNCW"

Betty Boop Moore
2015 years 9 months ago

We are looking forward to working with Chancellor Miller but will truly miss Chancellor DePaolo. She has been a great leader and person to work with. As a staff member she has achieved so much for us and made UNCW the university it is today. I wish Chancellor DePaolo the very best in the future. Thank you for being our chancellor for the past 8 years and now it is time for you to enjoy your time with your husband and travel (WOW) where to go and stay as long as you wish. God bless you.

We would like to welcome Chancellor Miller. May your time here at UNCW be an exciting time for you and Ms. Georgia. So looking forward to working with you in every aspect and continue to make UNCW the best for students, faculty and staff. God bless you

2015 years 9 months ago

Please. I’ve worked at UNCW during Chancellor DePaolo’s entire ‘reign.’ She spent most of her forum times explaining to us why we were lucky to have jobs and she couldn’t get us any money. Funny, her higher paid assistants and various University directors seemed to have no trouble finding ‘advancement raises.’ Morale has dropped all over campus while there is more and more money being spent on buildings. The campus is growing in size while the employees struggle to do more with less.

2015 years 9 months ago

…and good riddance. I am so tired of hearing “Chancellor DePaolo did this and Chancellor DePaulo did that.” Chancellor DePaolo did nothing for UNC Wilmington that wasn’t already envisioned by Dr. Leutze. He had the vision and secured funding for years to come…it was just completed under Dr. DePaolo. During her “reign” as Chancellor, she neglected to make the University a larger part of Wilmington, was not in the public eye, and was almost impossible to see around campus. UNCW needs a leader, not a manager.

Dr. DePaolo is a nice person, with a good heart, but her successes were coincidental – not due to her personally. She surrounded herself with very apt Vice Chancellors and a great assistant.

I hope that Chancellor Miller has a new and different vision for the future: I hope he sees how important UNC Wilmington is to Wilmington and builds more bridges between local companies and the great University. I hope he raises more money locally for programs other than the Athletics Department. I hope he seeks more diversity by promoting something other than discriminatory scholarships based solely upon the color of one’s skin. I hope he is able to access a greater fundraising team that will enable UNCW to add more Full-time professors, builder greater buildings, and end up as the #1 in the nation in terms of greatest value.

I sincerely loved my time at UNCW and believe that it is a great University. The time for change came long ago. This alumnus is thrilled that new leadership is in place.

2015 years 9 months ago

It’s not always easy to know when your time has passed. Chancellor DePaolo’s record will speak for her; will leave it to others to make a call on that. Best wishes to Dr. Miller; UNCW needs to turn the page, and will now have a new leadership vision. Hope he walks the campus often, listens intently, and directly/personally connects with the surrounding community. In these tight budget times it won’t be easy!


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