Dr. William A. Sederburg, a former Michigan state senator and university president, was named interim chancellor of UNCW Friday.
The Asheville resident, who retired as Utah's Commissioner of Higher Education, will take the helm August 1.
University of North Carolina System President Tom Ross made the appointment Friday morning.
"Bill Sederburg has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service, always with a focus on public higher education," Ross said. "He is known and respected throughout the nation as a skillful administrator and an expert on education finance and policy, institutional leadership, and facilitating university change. I can think of no one who is better qualified to lead UNCW during this time of transition, and I am grateful that he has accepted this assignment. The campus will be in very experienced and capable hands in the months ahead."
Sederburg will be paid an annualized salary of $280,000 for the appointment. He does not plan to be a candidate for the full-time position, but said in the release he looks forward to the appointment.
"I am excited about the opportunity to serve UNC Wilmington as interim chancellor," said Sederburg. "UNCW is already known for its academic excellence, creativity, and commitment to students and the community, and I want to help continue that upward trajectory. I have friends who love the area, and I am eager to get acquainted with UNCW's faculty, staff, students and supporters. One of my goals is to position the university to attract outstanding candidates for the position of permanent chancellor."
A Nebraska native, Sederburg received his bachelor's degree from Mankato State University and later earned master's and doctoral degrees in political science from Michigan State University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship, he joined the staff of the Michigan House Republican Caucus (1975-78), serving as director of research and programs and then as its executive director.
UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller resigned Monday to lead University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Miller will remain on the job in Wilmington through July.
A specific timetable for a permanent chancellor search hasn't been set, according to Joni Worthington, UNC System vice president for communications.
While the length of searches can vary greatly, they typically range from six to 12 months, Worthington said.