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Townend named associate vice chancellor at UNCW

Paul Townend has been named as UNCW's associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies. (Source: UNCW) Paul Townend has been named as UNCW's associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies. (Source: UNCW)
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Paul Townend has been named as UNCW's associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies, the university announced Thursday.

Townend, associate professor and chair of the UNCW Department of History since 2008, will assume his new role on April 1.

“Paul is an exceptional leader who has demonstrated collaboration in everything that he does,” UNCW Provost Marilyn Sheerer said. “He has served very successfully as the chair of the Department of History; and he has been significantly involved in undergraduate curriculum development, particularly with university studies. UNCW will continue to benefit from his effective leadership in this new role.”

Townend replaces Martin Posey, who was appointed director of the Center for Marine Science in January.

In his new role, Townend will oversee several academic programs, including ETEAL, General Education Assessment, Honors Scholars College, the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF) and Undergraduate Studies. He also will oversee University College as part of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. University College serves all first-year students through advising, the common reading program, learning communities and other programs.

“I am honored by this opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues in ensuring that UNCW remains dedicated to its principle mission of offering all of our undergraduate students a place where they can grow and thrive as learners,” Townend said. “I particularly appreciate this chance to work closely with our fantastic faculty across all our schools, colleges and programs, and our leadership team under Provost Sheerer and Chancellor Sartarelli. UNCW has a great tradition of undergraduate education; I look forward to an even better future.”

Townend, who joined the UNCW faculty in 2001, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Colgate University and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in British and Irish history from the University of Chicago.

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