The past academic year saw a succession of major donations and grants, as well as progress on several significant campus construction projects. UNCW received USD 10 million in funding to establish the David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems, as well as upgrading facilities in the Computer Information Systems building. UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was awarded a grant of USD 100,000 from the NC IDEA foundation, which will support the CIE’s Mentor Group and Consultant Portfolio programs, as well as the Milestone Accelerator Fund for the next two academic years.
In November 2019, UNCW received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to transfer the National Drug Court Resource Center to North Carolina. This USD 1.6 million project represents a major investment for UNCW, and will bring its graduate students the opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration, while increasing the university’s visibility nationwide.
Construction is progressing on Veteran’s Hall, a new building scheduled to open in 2020 which will house extended support services for military affiliated students, and a new and innovative health and human services program. Dobo Hall, damaged during 2018’s Hurricane Florence is undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen by Fall 2020. Further campus expansion work includes new student housing facilities, four new residence halls planned for 2021, and a 40,000 square foot library expansion to better serve the growing student community.