DIANNE LYNCH NAMED                                                                                                                              

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Dianne Lynch

CULLOWHEE – Move over, C.J. Cregg. There's a new woman in town with the title “chief of staff” on her business card.

Much like the politically savvy female character from the television drama “The West Wing” who finds herself ascending the ranks of the administration of the fictional Bartlett administration, Dianne G. Lynch has risen to the role of chief of staff for the Bardo administration at Western Carolina University.

Chancellor John W. Bardo recently announced that Lynch, who has served as assistant to the chancellor since January 2003, is being promoted to the position of chief of staff, effective immediately.

“This change more accurately reflects the broad scope of Dianne's duties and responsibilities within the Chancellor's Division and for the university as a whole,” Bardo said in making the announcement. “She provides coordination and cooperation with other senior executive officers on virtually any matter of interest to my office, and she serves as Western's liaison to a broad range of important external constituencies, including federal and state government officials.”

Prior to being named to the position of assistant to the chancellor, Lynch directed the university Equal Opportunities Office. She came to Western in 1996 from the Jackson County School System administration, where she served as director of secondary and vocational education.

Lynch holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in education from East Carolina University. She also completed the prestigious Management Development Program at Harvard University in 1997.

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