DePaolo Hall was built in 1970 and was the original cafeteria on campus. After Wagoner Hall opened in 1989, the building was renamed Westside Hall because of its geographic location on campus. It houses student services including Abrons Student Health Center, CARE and Crossroads, University Testing Services, Disability Services, the University Learning Center, and University College. On April 29, 2011, the UNCW Board of Trustees announced the renaming of Westside Hall to DePaolo Hall in honor of Rosemary DePaolo, who retired June 30 after eight years as Chancellor. The naming recognizes Dr. DePaolo's leadership at UNCW and her commitment to put students first while accomplishing the ambitious strategic goals of her administration.
Dr. Rosemary DePaolo was the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2003-2011. During her tenure as Chancellor of UNCW, she oversaw $250 million in construction projects. More than 40 percent of all students now live on campus. SAT entry scores and enrollment numbers rose considerably. Graduation rates exceeded the national average by more than 12 percent. In 2010 for the first time ever, US News and World Report ranked UNCW in the top 5 of public master's universities in the South. The Princeton Review listed the Cameron School of Business as one of its featured 300 in the "Best Business Schools" guidebook edition. UNCW was also named one of the nation's "most military friendly" schools for the second year in a row by G.I. Jobs.
Dr. DePaolo previously served at Georgia Southern University, Western Carolina University, and then as president of Georgia College and State University. She holds a doctorate in 18th-century English literature. The Long Island native is married to a retired English professor.