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Seahawk students react to Chancellor Miller's departure

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The news of UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller's departure from the school is being met with mixed reactions from students on campus. The news of UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller's departure from the school is being met with mixed reactions from students on campus.
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The news of UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller's departure from the school is being met with mixed reactions from students on campus.

On Monday, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay announced that Miller will be their new chancellor beginning in August.

While some Seahawk students say they didn't know or care about the decision, others say they're disappointed by the news and worried about the future of athletic programs at the university.

Rachael Arizmendi is a sophomore student at UNCW. We asked if she knew who Gary Miller is.

"Do I?" Arizmendi asked with a smile. "I don't know who Gary Miller is."

The mother of a two year old said she wasn't aware of the news and is not concerned about it either.

"I feel like that's a mistake. But I don't know him so whatever makes him happy," said Arizmendi. "I just want what's best for myself and my daughter. Him leaving can have an effect on some people but I just feel like I am just one of thousands of people that go here."

Meanwhile, others are worried about the future of the school's athletic department.

Based on recommendations from the Intercollegiate Athletics Review Committee (IARC), softball, swimming and diving, as well as men's indoor track and field and cross country were all facing elimination until the Chancellor went against those recommendations opting to keep all of the programs last summer.

Michael Baric is a recent graduate of UNCW and a former member of the Seahawks Swimming and Diving team. Baric says now that Miller is leaving, he's concerned about the future of the swimming program.

"I'm disappointed. I didn't know him personally but obviously he made the right decision when he chose to keep all of our teams so I'm definitely not happy to hear he's leaving," said Baric. "The swim team and other sports teams have done a really good job raising money and proving they deserve to be here. Hopefully whoever comes in will see that and won't make a poor decision."

Miller officially began his stint at UNCW in April 2012. He will continue to be in charge at UNCW through the end of July.

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