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UNCW's Sartarelli on '1 on 1 with Jon Evans' podcast

UNC Wilmington Chancellor Dr. Jose "Zito" Sartarelli talked about coming to the United States from his native Brazil during the "1 on 1 with Jon Evans" podcast. (Source: WECT) UNC Wilmington Chancellor Dr. Jose "Zito" Sartarelli talked about coming to the United States from his native Brazil during the "1 on 1 with Jon Evans" podcast. (Source: WECT)
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Jose “Zito” Sartarelli became the Chancellor at UNC Wilmington in 2015 after five years at West Virginia University and nearly 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He rose to leadership positions with three separate companies, leading thousands of employees in locations around the world, before changing careers in 2010 and being named Dean of the College of Business and Economics at WVU. 

Dr. Sartarelli grew up on a farm in Brazil, and was one of six children. During the interview for the podcast, I learned it was the excitement of the United States, and its young president, that put desire in a young man’s heart to one day experience what our country had to offer.

“I lived on a farm up to the age of 10, and then I moved to town,” Dr. Sartarelli remembered. “As I moved to town I started reading the papers. My brother had a small store in town, and he subscribed to the newspaper from Sao Paolo. Every day I would get the paper and start reading. I used to read the paper from top to bottom, everything. That gave me a perspective on the world that was very significant, and I got excited about it and said, ‘This is the place I want to go.' I looked at the U.S. as this great country, a country that was governed by laws instead of individuals, very focused on the future instead of the past. All of that stuff created a great imagery for me. It encouraged me and motivated me to apply and come to this country.”

Dr. Sartarelli was accepted for a scholarship, and came to the United States as a teenage exchange student. After returning home to finish his undergraduate degree in business, he returned to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar to get his masters and doctorate degrees at Michigan State University, then begin a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Over that career, and the years now spent in higher education, Dr. Sartarelli said the best advice he’s received from a boss is to maintain a good balance in what he calls the “three assignments in life."
 
“You’ve got the employees that work for you. You have your boss, and you have you and your family,” Dr. Sartarelli says counting off three fingers. “How to balance those three things are very important. To be successful, in general, requires a good balance. It also requires a focus on your employees first. What I do normally with all the stuff I have on my desk is, I have a bunch of stuff that has to do with my employees. Those I take care of first, because if I don’t do it, it is going to stop the organization. Obviously if my boss calls me, I’m going to tend to that quickly, too. My own stuff, and my family, doesn’t take a second or third position, but has to be done after I take care of my employees. That’s job one because if I don’t do it, or if I’m busy with my own stuff or my bosses and I overlook my people, it’s not going to work. I’m there to make sure my staff, my faculty, our administrators, are doing the best they can with one job in mind. That is, how do we provide a great education to the sons and daughters of the state.”

The "1 on 1 with Jon Evans" podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and SoundCloud. You can also click here to visit the webpage for the “1 on 1 with Jon Evans” podcast website.

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