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FIRST ON 3: UNCW Chancellor retiring

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A legacy seven years in the making. In a news conference this morning, UNCW Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo announced she will retire at the end of this academic year. Chancellor DePaolo said she feels this is the right time to step down after completing a 10-year vision in just seven.

DePaolo believes UNC Wilmington's transformation and redefinition is nearly complete. She has led the renewal of the university, and feels now is the time for a new leader and a new vision.

"I'm announcing this morning that I plan to retire as chancellor of UNCW, effective at the end of this academic year," DePaolo told the audience. "My work will be done."

DePaolo said above everything else, she'll miss the students most.

"I was really shocked," UNCW senior Ashton Brooks said. "I had no idea that she was announcing her retirement, and kind of sad that she's leaving 'cause she's done such a great job with this university and it's achievements so far."

Although it seemed abrupt to some, DePaolo said she has been preparing to leave for a while, but two issues kept her from making this decision a year ago: the budget being at its worst and the need for one more big push toward unity.

"Working with people to say, 'Here's what we're going to achieve, and we're not going to let anything stop us.' I think that's the greatest achievement that I'll look back on," DePaolo said.

David Swain is the newest member of the UNCW Board of Trustees, but he has known DePaolo since the beginning. He was part of the selection committee that chose her.

"She knew the direction she wanted to go to lead this university to the next level," Swain said. "She had the charisma that we were looking for and the passion for it. She has had that for her entire tenure here, and you can see that by the leadership that she has brought to this university and the growth that we've had here."

DePaolo is looking forward to living life at a slower pace after leading what she calls "UNC Wonderful." She's excited to spend time with her husband, travel and actually have time to read.

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DePaolo and political correctness folly

GOOD BUY- JUST LEAVE AS SOON AS POSSIBEL. SHE IS PART OF THE CULTURE OF LUNACY THAT IS UNDERCUTTING OUT COUNTRY. ULTRA LIBERAL-LILE THE BASKET CASES AT MSNBC AND NPR- SHE IS FOR A VERY NARROW RANGE OF FREE SPEECH-- BE AN EXTREME LIBERAL OR OVE ON- VERY BAD FOR UNCW-WILMINGTON AND USA--- WE NEED TO LEARN FROM RECENT FOLLY WITH JUAN WILLIAMS- THESE PC TYPES ARE A DANGER- NOT THE TEA PARTY- THEY WONT DEFEND THE VALUES OF OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY DONT BELIEVE IN THEM.
THANK GOODNESS SHE IS LEAVING- COULD NOT BE SOON ENOUGH

De Paolo

The above commentors are alumni; so as a current student in a graduate program at UNCW, I will put a cent or two in. Without a doubt the air of political correctness at the school is stifling and at times verges on suffocation. If DePaolo's successor can change that at all, it would be GREAT. It can often be the most uptight of places that one could find oneself in. Certain department heads are stuck in the '60's and do not understand they are killing the competitive spirit that should prevail. It's a good school but alot of folks in power take themselves too seriously. I hope things can, indeed change. We are worth it.

I guess now she is going to

I guess now she is going to draw her salary for a year doing nothing, become overpaid government consultant on the public payroll, and then run for office like her clueless predecessor

ok-but nothing to write home to mom about

She was adequate for the times but too focused on political correctness and not enough on education--and better sports

You would be surprised !

Before you claim intellectual and educational superiority over radar.I am an alumni who attended UNCW from 1986-1990 with a degree in finance from Cameron School of Business. I also have a masters from East Carolina University . There were good professors on campus during my time i.e Dr. Claude Ferrell and Don Latham .I also served in the military from 1994-2000. So there you have it from good riddance ....you liberal elites! I do not get my talking points from Rush! I am not going to be politically correct on this forum because that is Marxist mind control.

Overall, excellent

I'm as conservative as they come, but I think Rosemary was an excellent Chancellor overall. Under her tenure, the University has grown in prestige as well as in size. She has asserted UNCW's position both in the state system, where it has been unfairly overshadowed by UNC-CH, as well as in the greater Southeast. I'm particularly proud of UNCW's outreach to the military community. In an age where our soldiers are despised by liberal elites and recruiters are chased off campuses, UNCW welcomed our soldiers with open arms. Of course there were issues; but the University is much larger than one person.

Good Riddance!

I guess the pressure from the Board of Trustees was too much. I am happy to see this liberal elite leave UNCW. On the academic side , there was a positive contribution but on the athletic side of the business she was a disaster. I withheld contributing to UNCW while see was at the helm. Her political views did not align with mine and I felt she tried to influence young minds with her liberal positions.The forums hosted on her campus had a slant towards the Democratic agenda ( i.e health care forum ). She is a career government worker who did not try to be an advocate for alleviating the financial pressures of making a college education affordable for students in our region. Do not feel sorry for the lady because she will land on her feet with another six figure salary at a liberal think tank.

Reply To Good Riddance

To bad that some see everything in sight as the liberal elite, but I commend Chancellor DePaolo on a job well done. I am an alumni of UNC-W, and 5 will get you 10 that "good riddance" isn't. I would like to say good riddance to all of those with a teabag ignorant star of mind,and a Rush Limbaugh view of higher education. Oh and by the way I attended UNC-w on the G.I. bill which meant I served my country also which is more than "good riddance" and Rush Limbaugh did!

Please stop

I highly doubt you attended UNCW, or at least stayed very long, seeing as your grammatical skills are not on par of even a high school education. I DID graduate from UNCW and I have to say that during my time there, I did enjoy most of my college experiences. One thing that did irk me was I had 3 instructors that were militant towards Bush and conservatism in general, more so than Rush Limbaugh is to Obama and liberal ideology. These guys were serious nut-jobs. One outright said they hoped someone would put a bullet in Bush's head. I guarantee that there isn't a single professor out there who could say the same about Obama and not face immediate termination and public humiliation. UNCW is definitely a liberal school, and during my time, was also anti-conservative, which is probably why I didn't participate in more events than I did. I doubt things have changed in the few years since I graduated. It would be nice to find a new chancellor that's a little more moderate than DePaolo, but I think she's done a lot of positive things for the university. I'm not going to say "good riddance" but I do see this as a chance for change.

Agree with your judicious assessment

I completely agree with your assessment. There certainly were flaws under her administration, particularly in terms of left-wing bias, an overemphasis on artificial diversity, and some issues with the athletic department. By the way I know exactly what professors you are talking about; I had several of them as a student and actually worked for one of them later on in my career. Calling for the death of the president is inexcusable, whether it comes from right or the left. I wouldn't tolerate anyone calling for an attack on Obama. Neither for Bush, Clinton, etc... But here were examples of professors calling for the death of Bush and no actions were taken. Hypocrisy! At the same time, the Chancellor has to be looked at in light of her many accomplishments. UNCW's academic prominence has soared, the campus is gorgeous both inside and out, and the outreach to the military community is very impressive. Furthermore, the Chancellor isn't responsible for everything, good or bad that happens. Look at the decisions and actions of Deans, Vice-Chancellors, and Provosts in their respective areas.