WESTERN NAMES NEW
ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR
Beth Tyson Lofquist
CULLOWHEE - Western Carolina University alumna Beth Tyson Lofquist, a faculty member in the College of Education and Allied Professions since 1988, has been named to the position of associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Lofquist, who has served as head of the department of birth through kindergarten, elementary and middle grades education since 2002, began her duties in the Office of the Provost effective Monday, Jan. 24. She will continue in her role as department head through June 30.
In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing university educational policy, curriculum development, academic scheduling and programming, academic program review, accreditation issues, strategic planning, institutional assessment and faculty development. Lofquist also will coordinate the university's liberal studies program, academic affairs grant programs and new faculty orientation, and will be responsible for overseeing publication of the undergraduate catalog and faculty handbook.
She holds three degrees from Western – a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, received in 1978; master's in early childhood education, 1979; and educational specialist degree in intermediate education, 1988. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1997.
“We were seeking a dynamic individual with the leadership qualities necessary to be able to work effectively with faculty members, deans and departments across all academic disciplines,” Provost Kyle Carter said in announcing the appointment. “Her career as an educator in the classroom, her experience as an administrator and her lengthy association with the university make Dr. Lofquist the perfect choice to support faculty in their various roles, as well as to provide administrative oversight to academic programs and policies. Beth's interpersonal skills and can-do attitude will serve her well as associate vice chancellor.”