UNCW welcomes new students, interim chancellor


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you noticed a lot of traffic around UNCW this weekend, it’s because thousands of new students, and even a new leader, were moving in for the school year.

Melanie Wood has sent other children off to college, but it’s still tough.

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“I’ve done this twice before with two sons, but it’s a different with a daughter,” Wood said Saturday as she helped her daughter Taylor move into her dorm at UNCW.

For so many it’s that time of year again: back to school, the start of a new chapter.

Taylor Wood isn’t sure how she feels.

“A little bit of both,” she said. “I think they go together, but most excited, though.”

The move-in process is hectic, as students and parents flood the campus, but this year there was plenty of help.

“We have 1,800 volunteers welcoming 1,920 new students, and the spirit is just positive and exciting,” UNCW’s Interim Chanceller Bill Sederburg.

It wasn’t just students moving in. Sederburg unpacked his boxes, as he prepares for the new school year.

“I’m trying to hit the streets running, and our whole campus is moving ahead very aggressively in all sorts of different fronts,” he said. “We just want to keep the ball rolling and keep the momentum going for the university.”

UNCW is still looking for a permanent chancellor. Sederburg says there are a few administrative issues that need to be addressed, but he hopes Wilmington will attract a great group of candidates to take the school even farther.

Melanie Wood knows a new beginning is best for her daughter’s future and feels Wilmington is the perfect fit.

“We are just so excited that she felt so welcomed here,” she said.