UNCW Names Interim CIE Director, Dean

Spotlight on Heather McWhorter


HEATHER MCWHORTER is serving as interim director of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

She is filling the role after the recent departure of former director Diane Durance, who announced she was stepping down to move to Michigan.

McWhorter (above), the regional center director of the UNCW Small Business and Technology Development Center, will keep working in that position while a search is on for a new CIE head.

“Heather and the SBTDC have been strong collaborators with CIE, so she has intimate knowledge of many of the existing CIE initiatives and programs,” says Stuart Borrett, UNCW associate provost for research and innovation.

The university also recently named MICHELLE SCATTON-TESSIER as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) for this school year.

Scatton-Tessier, professor of French in the CAS, brings over 11 years of UNCW administrative experience including as director of the Women’s Studies and Resource Center and department chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

“Dr. Scatton-Tessier is a skilled leader and valued member of our university community,” says Provost James Winebrake. “I am confident she will be successful in providing the leadership and advocacy that will allow the college to thrive in the upcoming academic year.”

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