Updated 05/03/2011 08:37 PM
Wichita State academic to head UNC-Wilmington
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WILMINGTON – On Tuesday, the UNC Board of Governors announced that Dr. Gary Miller will be taking over for Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
UNC President Tom Ross said he gave the UNC Wilmington chancellor search committee a pretty tall order.
"Most of all I urged the committee to identify a leader with absolute integrity, someone who could foster trust within the campus and the larger community," said Ross.
After several months of searching and interviewing more than 90 candidates from all over the country, Ross recommended Miller to the UNC Board of Governors.
Miller comes to UNCW from Wichita State University where he was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.
"What captured my imagination and fuels my excitement about this position is that this university, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, it's a university with a soul. It's a university on the move. It's a university with promises to keep and a university with a national imperative," said Miller.
Miller said when he assumes his new duties the first thing he'll do is start a conversation with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.
"We will challenge each other. We'll test many ideas. We will embrace our imagination and at times this conversation will be difficult but we will proceed with great joy and great optimism," said Miller.
There were all encouraging words to students who were also impressed by his 25 years of experience at highly respected universities.
"It's very bittersweet, of course we are going to miss Dr. DePaolo but getting to hear from Dr. Miller was very reassuring. I know we're really excited. He sounds excited to come to UNCW. He seems to get that it's about the students. It's about the Seahawk spirit and he seems to have a great one," said Bethanne Dehler, a UNCW Student.
Miller said he's ready to take off on this new adventure.
"Go Seahawks!" said Miller.
Miller's first day on the job must be no later than July 1. His annual salary is $275,000.