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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The UNCW Board of Trustees met today and a big part of the conversation was about the positive direction the university is heading in. The school has seen some trouble in the past with vacancies in important leadership positions, but today the board is saying things are looking up.

“One thing I’m excited about is that things seem to be going very well,” said chair Michael Shivar.

We spoke with Shivar about problems the school faced in the past with keeping positions filled.

“We educate students here but we also train staff and administrators, and you’re going to have some of them leave,” said Shivar.

Shivar said almost all of those vacancies have been filled with what he calls “good people in critical positions” for the betterment of the school. And with staffing issues subsiding, the university can better focus on its students.

“In life, success is dependent on us making the right choices,” said chancellor Zito Sartarelli.

Sartarelli said to make those right choices you must identify what is truly important.

“Attract the very best students and retain them. Provide them with a great education and advance research,” Sartarelli said.

He adds that is it also important to provide those students with the skills to compete for jobs on a global scale and integrate the school into the community.

“And finally, how do we find a way to fund all this stuff? Those are the 5 major strategic priorities we’re going to be driving day in and day out,” said Sartarelli.

He also spoke in favor of the Connect NC Bond, saying it could mean some major improvements for UNCW. He said if the bond is voted for in March, the school could build a new allied health sciences building for the growing demand from students in that field.

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