WILMINGTON -- There is plenty of history and school pride on campus. Since its early days as Wilmington College, UNCW was preparing for its future. Tyrone Rowell is the assistant to the chancellor for special projects. He said, "This was the whole campus. There was one parking lot. The early trustees told me they took some criticism for buying all this land, they said you just have three buildings and a parking lot, why do you need this much land and they were looking ahead to the future." Rowell has worked at UNCW for 35 years and knows pretty much everything about the school. He took me on one of his famous campus tours. Rowell said, "Hoggard Hall is named for Dr. John T. Hoggard who was president of the school board." "James Hall named after Hinton James, who was a New Hanover County native who was the first student to enroll at the University of North Carolina." Along with academic buildings, Rowell gave the history of everything from athletic fields to the decades-old live oak trees that stand in what used to be the center of campus. In 1961 Wilmington College moved from downtown, near New Hanover High School, to its College Road location. It became a part of the UNC system in 1969. Rowell shares his passion and pride for UNCW with the school's 12,000 students. UNCW student Zachariah Greaves said, "Everyone's real nice. [I'm] making a lot of good friends. Classes are great, teachers are terrific, they're nice and they help you out with everything. It's just a great school." UNCW student Kiah McCoy said, "I'm not homesick yet. I love it here and I'm really glad I chose to come to UNCW, because of the people and the professors and the new friends that I meet. It's just a really nice place to be, it's really welcoming." As UNCW continues to grow it will be welcoming students for years to come. UNCW employs 1,200 people and generates $500 million each year.
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