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University of North Carolina Wilmington Student Affairs Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-RG-11

Scope and Contents

This collection includes student affairs records from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and its predecessor institution, Wilmington College. Founded in 1947, Wilmington College became a four-year college in 1965, and then became part of the University of North Carolina System of public higher education in 1969. Records include information about fraternities, sororities, the student government association, student media, student honorary societies, and other student organizations. The Division of Student Affairs oversees intramural and club sports, including football, as well as Transitions Programs, the office responsible for new student orientation and commencement. The Division manages many aspects of the college experience such as student housing, residential life, tutoring and learning services, health services, and disability services. Departmental records also pertain to special events such as concerts and other student-directed activities. Unique pieces include a report about the Pub, also known as the Good Wood Tavern, which was once located in James Hall before the student union was built, and a poster for a James Brown concert held in Trask Coliseum. Materials includes administrators' correspondence, student government meeting minutes, commencement programs, newspapers, yearbooks, periodicals such as literary and creative magazines, departmental newsletters, administrative reports, student handbooks, Codes of Student Life, and marketing materials.


  • Creation: 1948-2023


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.

Biographical / Historical

Wilmington College opened in 1947, under the authority of the New Hanover County Board of Education. Financial support came from a county-wide tax levy voted by the citizens in addition to tuition fees. The principal of New Hanover High School, Thomas T. Hamilton, simultaneously served as first college president. New Hanover High School was the first location of Wilmington College. In 1948, Wilmington College acquired space for administrative offices in the Isaac Bear building, a former elementary school.

Wilmington College had separate Deans of Students for men and women. Dean of Students: Robert R. Lamb 1955-1956 Dean of Students: William J. Brooks 1956-1963 Dean of Students: Thomas P. Brown 1964-1969 Dean of Women: Margaret Shannon Morton 1956-1966 Dean of Women: Helena Cheek 1966-1973

J. Marshall Crews was the first Dean of Students after the school became the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The first Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs was in the 1972-1973 academic year.

Leaders in University of North Carolina Wilmington Student Affairs:

1969-1973 J. Marshall Crews 1973-1982 William M. Malloy 1982-1983 (no vice chancellor) Gary W. Juhan, Dean of Students 1983-1996 William A. Bryan 1996-2020 Patricia L. Leonard 2020-2021 Brian J. Victor 2021-2023 Lowell K. Davis 2023 William D. Schafer, Interim 2024- Christine Reed Davis


40.5 Linear Feet (31 records center boxes, 2 print boxes, 1 scrapbook, 16 oversize folders, and 1 oversize box/object)

Language of Materials



This record group consists of the following series, arranged by topic: Wilmington College, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Oversize. Within series, files are arranged by topic and alphabetically.

Processing Information

This record group was processed by Nina Herzog in Spring, 2023 with the assistance of university student Caroline Straubel.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Student Affairs Records
Nina Herzog and Adina Riggins
2023 June
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository