Connecting the Community

Jeanine Mingé on engaging the community through programming

UNCW added a valuable asset to its campus with the hiring of JEANINE MINGÉ as the associate vice chancellor for community engagement.

She brings over a decade’s worth of experience to the campus and a laundry list of skill sets.

Her official title may be associate vice chancellor, but she is way more than one title, one position.

She is also the executive director of the office of arts for UNCW and oversees five executive facing programs including QENO, OLLI, Continuing Professional Education, Registration Services, and the Center for Social Impact.

Mingé has a Master of Arts in communication studies and Doctor of Philosophy.

Most importantly, she considers herself a “forever student,” which makes her a perfect fit for an academic environment.

Her passion cannot be defined to one particular interest, she says. She is equally devoted to the academic world as well as her local community and the arts.

“As the associate vice chancellor for community engagement, part of my job is to help co-create the community-based programming for the university and the community,” Mingé says. “And I am committed to the success and stability of these programs.”

At UNCW she has her eyes set on creating a future workforce of students who are strong in leadership and management.

“I want to establish a pipeline of success for our students, whether they are current students, alumni, or new students just deciding to return to the university setting,” she says. “We offer an incredible range of continuing and professional education opportunities across campus.”

Also, she is focused on establishing certificate training programs for returning students.

Especially important to Mingé is forming a “cohesive environment” throughout the school.

Community engagement is at the core of UNCW’s academic mission, says Mingé.

As the executive director of UNCW’s Office of the Arts, one of her goals is to connect higher education with the community through the arts.

“I am committed to uplifting the arts programming at UNCW,” Mingé says.

“We need to get the word out to our community partners and stakeholders that UNCW is an incredible place to experience the arts. Kenan Auditorium and the Cultural Arts Building are community gathering places for dynamic engagement with the arts for our students, faculty, staff, and partners.”

Mingé landed in Wilmington last July from another academic institution, California State University, Northridge.

Although she had some similar roles there, one of the biggest challenges facing her at UNCW is “coming from a big to a smaller academic environment,” she says. “I came from one of the most diverse schools in the nation.”

Mingé is not deterred at all. She sees her role at UNCW as a perfect maelstrom.

“Wilmington is an inspiring environment with tremendous community vibrancy,” she says. “During my interview process, it became clear that the people at UNCW truly care and that they are consistently working together to inspire change.”

She looks forward to shaping the narrative of the region, she says.

“Cape Fear is in a transitory period, and it is growing at an incredible pace. In these exciting times, there is a wonderful opportunity for UNCW to strengthen the ways in which we serve our region,” Mingé says. “Wilmington is ready to be defined not only by what it was, what it is but also by where it is going.”

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