University Advancement & Alumni Relations


Friends of UNCW


Elizabeth Dunn Friends of UNCW

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Friends of UNCW

The Friends of UNCW, a volunteer organization formed in December 1963 to help Wilmington College (now UNCW) increase the library's holdings from 11,000 volumes to a minimum of 50,000 volumes – a requirement at the time for accreditation as a four-year institution. The Friends met that goal and have been steadfast UNCW supporters for more 50 years.

The organization's current contributions include supporting a merit scholarship and annually funding special projects based on proposals from UNCW faculty and staff.


Grant Awards 2017

The Friends of UNCW 2017 Grant Recipients were honored on April 28, 2016, during the annual Grants Award Coffee at the university's historic Wise Alumni House.

  • 41 grant proposals, valuing over $55,000, were submitted
  • After carefully evaluating each submission, the committee recommended 12 grant proposals, funding $9,488 of the requests.

View photos from the event on Flickr

On these boards I've learned that: We have one of the top biology and marine biology programs in the world. We have a business school that is focused on the community, economics and entrepreneurship. We have an education program that is doing research into what really works in the classroom.

My job on these boards is to be a part of keeping the university vibrant and on the map.

Elizabeth Dunn, Friends of UNCW & Board of Visitors Member

Friends of UNCW logo


Next Meeting
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
9 a.m. Letter Writing Session
10 a.m. Board Meeting
Location- Fisher Student Center, Masonboro Island Room #2011




Friends of UNCW - 2017 Board of Directors


Officers 2016-2017
Julie Fisher '83 - President
Nan Caison '83 - Vice President
Margaret Freeman - Treasurer
Koula Katsikis - Secretary
Janice Kingoff ’77 - Advisor & Life Member
Louise Gorham ’59 - Honorary Life Member

Board of Directors


Mary Battle

Mary E. Cheek

Mary Coble '80

Elizabeth Dunn

Helen Dixon

Suzanne Edwards

Margaret S. Freeman

Brenda Harriss

Alicia Keith

Dianne R. Kelly



Linda L. Lawson 

Sondra Robertson

Janis K. Sass

Judy W. Smith

Amelia F. Taylor

Leigh Venters ’88

Helen Wells

Kay F. Warren

Brenda D. Wolff

Rose W. Zimmer



To speak with someone about the Friends of UNCW, contact:

Claire Stanley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development Operations
(910) 962.3169

Michelle Cummings
Events & Board Manager
(910) 962.3170

Meeting Presentations

2.27.16 Kevin Williamson Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Development

9.26.15 Dr. Rob Burrus Dean, Cameron School of Business

9.26.15 Teresa Walker Director of Work Practice  Cameron School of Business

9.26.15 Director, Thom Rakes & Assistant Director, Diane Reed UNCW Career Center

9.26.15 Kevin Williamson Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Development

9.27.14 Dr. Terrence Curran Presentation of Admissions and Enrollment Overview

9.27.14 Dr. Jess Boersma Presentation of General Applied Learning at UNCW

9.27.14 Vice Chancellor Eddie Stuart Advancement Presentation

4.6.13 Dean Hardy Presentation on the College of Health and Human Services

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