CULLOWHEE – Noelle L. Kehrberg, who has served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions during a 24-year career at Western Carolina University, has been appointed dean of Western’s College of Applied Sciences.

Recommended by Chancellor John W. Bardo and approved by Western’s board of trustees, Kehrberg’s appointment was approved Friday (March 21) by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

Kehrberg had served as interim dean of the College of Applied Sciences since July 2002. She succeeds Dennis R. Depew, who left Western to take a position at Purdue University.

Kehrberg joined the faculty at Western Carolina in 1978 as assistant professor in the department of home economics, now known as human environmental sciences. Over the years, she held numerous positions within the department, including coordinator of graduate programs, associate professor and head. She also served one year as acting head of Western’s department of criminal justice.

From 1989 to 1996, Kehrberg served as associate dean of the College of Applied Sciences and professor of health sciences. She also assumed the position of strategic planner in 1994, a post in which her primary duties were to coordinate strategic planning for the university and chair Western’s Strategic Planning Committee.

From 1996 to 2002, Kehrberg served as director of University Planning, leading the university office responsible for planning, assessment and institutional research. She has been the university’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 2001.

Kehrberg earned doctoral and master’s degrees in human nutrition and foods at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her bachelor’s degree in food research from the University of Minnesota.

Western’s College of Applied Sciences includes the departments of criminal justice, engineering technology, health sciences, human environmental sciences, nursing and physical therapy.

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