Asheville resident Dr. William A. Sederburg has been appointed as the interim chancellor for the University of North Carolina Wilmington by UNC System President Tom Ross.
Born in Nebraska, Sederburg earned a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University before serving as a Michigan state senator for 12 years, Ferris State University President for nine years, Utah Valley State president and retired as Utah’s Commissioner for Higher Education in August 2012.
Sederburg will serve as the interim chancellor following the departure of current UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller, whose last day is July 31 before taking over as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor.
In a statement Sederburg said he was excited about the opportunity to lead UNCW but that he would not be a candidate for the permanent chancellor position when the UNCW Board of Trustees is asked to begin the search for Miller’s successor.
“UNCW is already known for its academic excellence, creativity, and commitment to students and the community, and I want to help continue that upward trajectory,” Sederburg stated. “I have friends who love the area, and I am eager to get acquainted with UNCW’s faculty, staff, students and supporters. One of my goals is to position the university to attract outstanding candidates for the position of permanent chancellor.”