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University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-RG-02

Scope and Contents

This record group includes information by and about the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 1958 to the present. Files include official, signed meeting minutes, committee meeting minutes, correspondence, clippings, membership rosters, and other materials pertinent to university governance and administration.


  • Creation: 1958-2021


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The content described is copyrighted and presented courtesy of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library. This material may be used for educational and scholarship purposes provided: a) proper attribution accompanies any use of the content; b) the use, copy, republication, display, and/or distribution is not for commercial purposes; and c) you may not alter, add to, change, modify, or revise the subject content.

Historical Note

In 1958, the citizens of New Hanover County voted to place the college under the Community College Act of North Carolina (HB 761). This vote gave Wilmington College entry to the state higher education system. Control passed from the local school board to a new board of 12 trustees. North Carolina Governor Luther Hodges appointed four trustees; the New Hanover County Board of Education named four trustees including Hoggard who became chair; the Wilmington City Council appointed two trustees, and the New Hanover County Commission appointed two members. Appointment terms were six years. With the passage of the Community College Act, Wilmington College began to receive an appropriation from the state for operating expenses in addition to the local tax.

The first Wilmington College Board of Trustees meeting was March 24, 1958. Trustees elected Dean William M. Randall president of the college. Hoggard, college president since 1949, became Board chair. Hoggard also remained on the county education board. The Wilmington College Board of Trustees oversaw the college until 1969. At this time, Wilmington College beecame the fifth campus to join the multi-campus Consolidated University of North Carolina. Governance for the re-named and newly elevated University of North Carolina Wilmington went to the 100-member Board of Trustees of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, and the local board was dissolved. In 1972, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors replaced the Consolidated UNC Board of Trustees. Individual boards of Trustees were reestablished at constituent institutions, including UNC Wilmington.

The UNCW Board of Trustees works with the Chancellor and senior administration on planning and policy for the university, in alignment with the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. There are 13 members including the Student Government Association president, ex officio.


8.75 Linear Feet (7 records center boxes)

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This record group is arranged in two series: I. Wilmington College and II. University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Existence and Location of Originals

This collection includes original, signed general meeting minutes of the Board of Trustees from 1958-1999 and original, signed signed Executive Committee meeting minutes of the Board of Trustees from 1958-1996.

Beginning in 1996 for the Executive Committee and 2000 for the full Board of Trustees, the original signed and approved meeting minutes are maintained outside University Archives in the Office of the Chancellor, University of North Carolina Wilmington. University Archives hold copies of meeting minutes for these years.

Related Materials

University of North Carolina System Records, RG 01, University Archives, William M. Randall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dana A. Otto, graduate student assistant in Public History and Adina Riggins, University Archivist with the assistance of undergraduate student employees Miranda Nickelston, Helen Piner, and Miranda Sprouse in 2018. It was re-processed in 2023 by Nina Herzog.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees Records
Dana A. Otto , Adina L. Riggins, Nina Herzog
2018 April 27
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository