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Sartarelli Leaves B&E to Become Chancellor at UNC Wilmington

Zico Satarelli

When Jose “Zito” Sartarelli came to B&E in mid-2010, he couldn’t have known the impact he would ultimately have on WVU’s business school.

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee pointed to Sartarelli’s first year at B&E as a sign of things to come under his leadership.

“Within (his) first year here, the College added a Ph.D. program in business administration, landed two of the largest gifts in its history, and attained its best national rankings ever,” said Gee. “That was just (his) first year – back in 2010 and 2011.

“Since then, the College has made even more strides. Enrollment, on all levels, is at an all-time high. A record number of employers, including Fortune 500 companies, are coming to campus to recruit our students. And engagement locally, nationally and globally has never been stronger.”

Not long after he was named dean, Sartarelli coined the term “Better. Bigger. Ranked.” As Marketing Chair Dr. Michael Walsh said, that term did not just outline his goals, but, rather, priorities for moving forward.

“Dean Sartarelli arrived at a critical time, when this school needed a leader that could help take it to the next level,” said Walsh. “He came in with ideas and strategies that built a very unique momentum. I think one of the best things he was able to do is convince students, faculty and staff that we all had the capacity to make this school something really special. And that’s exactly what he did.”

On the heels of a 30-year career as a pharmaceutical industry executive, Sartarelli arrived at WVU a little more than three months after he retired from Johnson & Johnson as pharmaceutical group chairman for Asia-Pacific, Japan and Latin America. In that role, he oversaw a business with $3 billion in annual sales and more than 9,000 employees spread over more than 50 countries.

“His non-traditional ideas and business experience were true assets for the College,” said Dr. Nancy McIntyre, who will serve as interim dean while a national search for Sartarelli’s successor is conducted. “Those ideas, and the accomplishments that came about as the result of those ideas, will resonate for years to come.”

Sartarelli is joined by the his colleagues from the dean's office at a reception in his honor.

Now, five years after his arrival, B&E has experienced a nearly unbelievable transformation via countless accomplishments spearheaded by Sartarelli. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the University of North Carolina system snagged him to be its new chancellor at UNC Wilmington, effective July 1. But it’s also no surprise that B&E will harness the momentum Sartarelli has helped create in continuing to move the College onward and upward.

From record fundraising to new and innovative programs, from significantly expanded College outreach to nearly doubled enrollment, and from the creation of valuable dual degree programs to numerous national rankings, Sartarelli has left his mark.

“Zito brought to B&E not only a vision for our school, but the ability to get the resources that enabled the vision to become a reality,” said Doug Van Scoy, a highly successful businessman, B&E alumnus, generous donor and who serves as national capital campaign chairman and on the B&E Visiting Committee. “The improvements to the school in his short tenure were enormous. He will be missed, but he put B&E on a better path to continue our growth.”