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

 Graduate School Staff

Brian Kloeppel


Brian Kloeppel, Dean and Chief Research Officer

  • 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

  • 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

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

Jacob Henshaw


Jacob Henshaw, Director of Recruiting and Marketing

  • Coordinates Graduate School Open House events
  • 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

Leela Livis


Leela Livis, Admission Specialist
(828) 227.3175

  • Graduate application processing
  • Graduate student support




Kate Roche, Admission Specialist

  • Graduate application processing
  • Graduate student support



Lelaina Lemire, Student Support Specialist

  • Graduate School Communications & Events
  • Transfer Credit Requests & Student Record Changes
  • General Applicant & Student Support
  • Thesis/Disquisition Administrator



Roxane Stiles, Executive Assistant

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

Don Strickland


Don Strickland, Technical Support

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