WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – UNCW announced Tuesday afternoon that Dr. Gary Miller would replace Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo when she retires at the end of June.
Miller is currently the vice president at Wichita State University. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1976 with a BA in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Mississippi State.
According to Wichita State University, Miller began his academic career as an assistant professor at Mississippi State. Throughout his career he has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and one book.
Last month, the Board of Trustees sent a list of three finalists to the Board of Governors in Chapel Hill to make the final selection. They were looking for a leader who has a long term vision that reached beyond budget. They also wanted someone who understands the strengths and weaknesses of UNCW.
"In the end the search committee found Dr. Gary Miller to be exactly the right person for this time in the history of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington," said UNC President Thomas Ross.
Ross said Miller has proven himself to be an innovative leader over his years in academia and believes he has the right blend of strong effective leadership for the university.
"It is with unbounded enthusiasm and great joy that I accept this appointment as the next chancellor of UNCW," said Miller as he accepted the position at the university.
[See Miller's contract with UNCW (PDF)]
Miller spoke highly of the university and said he is looking forward to continue the relationships and commitments DePaolo began. He said he has much respect and admiration for everything the faculty has accomplished under DePaolo's leadership.
The upcoming chancellor made several commitments to the students, community, alumni and boards. He wants to continue UNCW's tradition of a fully engaged partnership in the community and joked about his passion for azaleas.
In taking this position, Miller said he brought with him a partner – his wife. He said she instantly fell in love with Wilmington and UNCW and is excited to be a part of this community. Miller assured that she shares his commitment to the future of the university.
"Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for trusting us," Miller said, making it clear his wife will support UNCW.
At the end of his acceptance, Miller started out in true UNCW fashion by saying, "Go Seahawks!"
He will begin no later than July 1, 2011.
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