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COVID-19 Update

The Graduate School at Western Carolina University remains open. Due to Institutional and CDC guidelines our offices are now remote; however, we remain available via phone and email.  Please find contact information for all of our staff members below. Graduate School email boxes, and  are closely monitored during business hours and inquiries are addressed promptly.

For the most up-to-date information about the university’s response to COVID-19, please check the WCU Coronavirus response page.

WCU Graduate School
1 University Dr.
110 Cordelia Camp
Cullowhee, NC 28723

 Graduate School Staff

Brian Kloeppel

Brian Kloeppel, Dean and Chief Research Officer
(828) 227-3174

  • Promote and celebrate graduate student, graduate faculty, and graduate program successes at Western Carolina University
  • Facilitate the recruitment of high quality and a high quantity of students to our graduate programs
  • Advocate for and allocate graduate assistantship and graduate scholarship funds to Graduate Program Directors to facilitate active student experiences in research and teaching
  • Review, promote, and advocate for new graduate programs at Western Carolina University
  • Represent Western Carolina University on the University of North Carolina System Graduate Council



Joy Bowers-Campbell,  Associate Dean, Graduate School
(828) 227-3173

  • Coordinates graduate policy and chairs Graduate Council’s Graduate Faculty and Policy Review Committee
  • Works with Program Directors and Key Staff on academic matters related to graduate programs
  • Oversees graduate admissions and enrolled student services
  • Represents the Graduate School on several University-wide committees
  • Serves as Advisor for Graduate Student Association


Elizabeth Frazier, Student Services Specialist
(828) 227-3179

  • Graduate Assistantship Employment
  • Financial Assistance Administration
  • Graduate Council Administrator
  • Dismissal and Readmission after Dismissal
  • Course Overloads
  • Extension of Time Limit Requests

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Jacob Henshaw, Director of Recruiting and Marketing
(828) 227.3176

  • Coordinates Graduate School Open House events and Online Information Sessions
  • Assists with the development and evaluation of comprehensive marketing plan to promote graduate programs
  • Works collaboratively with University Marketing and other offices to design and conduct promotional campaigns
  • Develops and maintains a social media presence for the Graduate School

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Leela Livis, Admission Specialist
(828) 227.3175

  • Graduate application processing
  • Graduate student support


Bobbi Smith

Bobbi Smith, Admission Specialist
(828) 227-2925

  • Graduate application processing
  • Graduate student support
  • Thesis/Disquisition Administrator

Jan Stanfield

Jan Stanfield, Administrative Associate
(828) 227-7398

  • Graduate School Communications
  • Transfer Credit Requests
  • Web Editor
  • Graduate School Events
  • General Applicant/Student Support


Roxane Stiles, Executive Assistant
(828) 227-3178

  • Budget manager for Graduate School and Research and Graduate Student Association
  • Graduate Catalog Administrator

Don Strickland

Don Strickland, Technical Support
(828) 227-3198

  • Graduate School and Research Technical Support
  • Campus Management Apply Yourself, Connect, And AppReview System Administrator
  • Graduate Program Open House Co-Ordinator
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analytics and Reporting
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