Benjamin "B.D." Schwartz was a longtime Wilmington resident active in local politics, business, and philanthropy. He served in both house of the N.C. General Assembly and was a charter member of the University of North Carolina Foundation, which laid the groundwork for Wilmington College to become the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Schwartz was a member and chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees.
Bills & Resolutions from the North Carolina General Assembly Relating to UNCW Marine Sciences
This bill transferred the Wrightsville Marine Bio-Medical Laboratory to UNCW and appropriated funding to operate laboratory facilities in conjunction with the Marine Sciences program. At this time, UNCW looked toward developing a Marine Sciences master's degree program.