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Presidents and Chancellors Collection

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, biographical information, and photographs. Files from the first two presidents, Thomas T. Hamilton and John T. Hoggard, contain information on the establishment and administration of the two-year Wilmington College. 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. William H. Wagoner's files include material about Wilmington College's joining the University of North Carolina System in 1969. Administrative records from James R. Leutze's chancellorship include documents about the growth of international programs. Of special interest are suggestion box files from James R. Leutze. Rosemary DePaolo's files include information about the "Paint the Town Teal" initiative.


  • 1952-2011


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

The first college president was Thomas Tristam Hamilton who simulataneously served as New Hanover High School principal. John T. Hoggard, a long-time chair of the Board of Education, simulataneously served as the second president. When Dr. Hoggard stepped down as president, he became chairman of the first Board of Trustees while retaining his chairmanship on the Board of Education. William Madison Randall was president from 1958-1968, after having served as Dean for six years. William H. Wagoner, superintendant at New Hanover County Schools, became college president in 1968. Wilmington College joined the University of North Carolina System the next year, and Dr. Wagoner's title changed from president to chancellor. He was the first university leader with the title of chancellor. James R. Leutze was the second chancellor, followed by Rosemary DePaolo.


13.75 Linear Feet (11 records center boxes)




The collection is arranged chronologically in five series.

Series I: Thomas Tristam Hamilton and John T. Hoggard Series II: William Madison Randall Series III: William H. Wagoner Series IV: James R. Leutze Series V: Rosemary DePaolo

Within each series, files are arranged alphabetically.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Adina Riggins and Nina Herzog

Presidents and Chancellors Collection
Nina Herzog
2022 January 31
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository