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Wagoner, William H., 1927-1999



  • Existence: 1927 May 12 - 1999 November 19


Dr. William Wagoner was the last president of Wilmington College (1968) and the first Chancellor of University of North Carolina Wilmington (1969-1990). He was a 1945 graduate of Washington High School and served in the US Navy 1945-46. He earned his bachelor of science degree in physics and chemistry from Wake Forest University in 1949. From there he went on to receive his masters in history from East Carolina University (1953) and his doctorate in educational administration from UNC-Chapel Hill (1959). Dr. Wagoner taught in the North Carolina public school system, which lead to becoming principal from 1953-1956. He later served as the Superintendent of Elizabeth City Schools. In 1961, Dr. Wagoner arrived in Wilmington to assume Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools. In 1968, he took on the job of president of Wilmington College, which upon becoming part of the UNC academic system, he became the first Chancellor of UNCW. During his tenure Dr. Wagoner set-up a recognition system for donors via plaques in classrooms and laboratories. He also established the basic university system currently in place with the formation of Cameron School of Business, Watson School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and the Graduate School.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Dr. William H. Wagoner Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-271
Scope and Contents

Dr. William H. Wagoner served as the Superintendent of the New Hanover county school system from 1961-1968, as the fourth President of Wilmington College from 1968-1969 and as the first Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 1969-1990. This collection contains correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, agendas, photographs, maps and ephemera related to the careers of Dr. Wagoner in Wilmington as well as his personal life.

Dates: 1959-1990

University of North Carolina Wilmington Landmark Committee Records

Identifier: SC-MS-268
Scope and Contents This collection contains the records of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Landmark Committee and Historical Events Committee, both of which were convened at the request of the University's Board of Trustees to complete work for a project associated with the University Commons site. The Landmark Committee was tasked with identifying an appropriate landmark to place in the University Commons outdoor space in companionship with its landscaping plan. Once the Landmark Committee's...
Dates: 1982-1987

University of North Carolina Wilmington Presidents and Chancellors Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-RG-03
Scope and Contents This collection consists of administrative files from the Presidents and Chancellors of the institution, including correspondence, accreditation reports, installation and inauguration programs, administrative materials, and biographical information.Topics from William Madison Randall's service as the last president of Wilmington College include the North Carolina Speaker Ban and the college's change from junior college to four-year school status. This collection also has records from Dr....
Dates: 1952-2023

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