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Phone: 828.227.7317
Toll Free: 877.928.4968
Fax: .828.227.7319
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST


Western Carolina University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
110 H.F. Robinson
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Meet The Admissions Staff

Our dedicated admissions counselors are here to help you find all the answers to your questions about Western Carolina University and the college admission process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office or contact an admissions counselor individually.

Our counselors are divided into two groups, trained to meet your personal admission needs: freshmen counselors or transfer counselors. Our talented admissions staff also handles International Student applications.

Not only do our transfer counselors work with students who have previously attended another college or university after graduating from high school but with students who do not have a recent high school profile.

Undergraduate Admissions Administrators

Mike Langford - Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Mike Langford

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Chris Parrish


Chris Parrish

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Systems & Planning

Undergraduate Admissions Counselors (Located on Cullowhee Campus)

Suzi Swartz


Dr. Suzi Swartz

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Recruitment

Hometown: Brooklyn, Connecticut
Educational Background: B.A. in History & German Studies, Colby College; M.A. and Ph.D. in History, Stony Brook University
Professional background: I was a tour guide in college and worked in admissions before graduate school. I love helping students connect with a school and navigate the application process. It’s an exciting time in students’ lives, and their enthusiasm is a big part of why I love it! 
What I love about WCU: I moved to Western NC from Boston, but grew up in a small town. WCU is like its own small town, and I felt at home here right away—everyone is very friendly and welcoming! 
Favorite Quote: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” -Yogi Berra

Keyona Presha


Keyona Presha

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Hometown: Asheville, NC
Educational Background: Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Management, North Carolina Central University; Master of Science in Communication with a Specialization in Public Relations, Syracuse University
Professional background: I started my professional journey in banking in 2016 before transitioning over to admissions in 2019. I knew from my very first day in higher education that helping students in meeting their educational goals is my long term passion.
What I love about WCU: In addition to our location, the students, faculty and staff make you feel like you are a part of the WCU family the minute you step on campus.
Favorite Quote: “The higher purpose of my life is not the song and dance or the acclaim, but to rise up, to pull up others and leave the world and industry a better place.” – Viola Davis


Undergraduate Admissions Counselors (Regionally Located)

Heather Hill


Heather Hill

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Regional Engagement

Hometown: Mills River, NC 
Educational Background: Bachelor’s of Science in Communication with double concentrations in Public Relations & Journalism, minor in Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Student Affairs – both from WCU. 
Professional Background: I always knew that I wanted to use my degree to help promote something I truly believed in and what better than my university! My college years were some of the best of my life and my education has afforded me many opportunities that I never would have had without it. I love helping people pursue their dreams and going to college is a big part of that for many. That’s why I love working in Higher Education. 
What I love about WCU: I love that everyone feels like family here as well as the feeling of peace and serenity that our campus atmosphere brings. 
Favorite Quote: “When all else fails, God doesn’t.” Psalm 73:26 & “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Kate Spade

Beth Owenby


Beth Owenby

Regional Assistant Director of Admissions at A-B Tech
828.227.3750 & 828.398.7182

Hometown: Asheville, NC
Educational Background: M.B.A., Montreat College; B.S.B.A. Management, Theatre Minor, Appalachian State University
Professional Background: College was such a meaningful time for me, and I want to help people be able to learn. Higher Education felt like a calling and I have been involved in it in one way or another since 2005.
What I love about WCU: WCU works hard to make higher education available to students from various background, especially those in rural areas.
Favorite Quote: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – The Beatles
Advice for future Catamounts: Be open to new ideas and you will learn so much more than you would have thought was possible.



Jennifer Milo

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Hometown: Kernersville, North Carolina
Educational Background: B.S.Ed. Elementary Education, Western Carolina University with a minor in Psychology
Professional Background: I began my teaching career after I graduated from Western Carolina in 2015. I taught first, second and third grade for five years in Lee County, NC. I have always had a passion for education, and my love for higher education began while I was attending WCU working in the admissions office as a TeleRecruiter. I am excited to now be able to help students as they begin their college journey!
What I love About WCU: WCU feels like home. The community is supportive and the friends you make here feel like family. I also love that WCU is surrounded by mountains and there is always something new to discover. 
Favorite Quote: "Education is one thing no one can take away from you." -Elin Nordegren "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss



Brittney Robertson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Hometown: Palm Beach, Florida
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Communications at Appalachian State University 
Professional Background: Before coming to WCU, I have a strong background in HR recruitment and education. I love recruiting and education equally, and by joining the Office of Admission at WCU, I get to enjoy the best of both worlds!
What I love about WCU: I appreciate the beautiful, quaint town that WCU is nestled in.
Favorite Quote: For what it's worth; it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find you are not, I hope you have the strength to start over." F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Advice for future Catamounts: Enjoy every moment, time flies. 

Undergraduate Admissions Marketing & Visit Staff

Patrick Frazier


Dr. Patrick Frazier

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Marketing & Events

Hometown: Sylva, NC
Educational Background: B.S. in Business Administration and Management, Western Carolina University; Masters of Project Management, Western Carolina University; and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership, Texas Tech University
Professional Background: During my time as a student at WCU, I served as a Golden Ambassador (tour guide) for the Office of Admissions and as a Chancellors Ambassador. After graduating from WCU in 2007, I began working as an Assistant Director for freshman admissions in the Office of Admissions. I never knew that a career in admissions was a possibility until I began working as a tour guide, but I have been a part of the office ever since graduating! Over the years, I have served in numerous positions within the Office of Admissions prior to my current position. Outside of WCU, I have served as the President for the Carolina's Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO) and am currently serving as the President-Elect of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO). 
What I love about WCU: WCU is without a doubt my home. When I was a high school student, WCU was not my first choice because both of my parents had gone to the university and my dad worked at the university. However, I have never once regretted my decision to attend WCU and would do it again in a heartbeat! I made so many lifelong friends in my time living in Walker Hall and in my degree program. From day one, I could tell that the professors cared not just about how you did academically, but also personally, and professionally after graduating. WCU is a family, and I am proud to be a part of the family each and every day!
Favorite Quote: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield

Emily Bingham


Emily Bingham

Senior Assistant Director of Campus Visits

Hometown: Sylva, NC
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Recreational Therapy from Western Carolina University
Professional Background: Growing up, both my mom and dad were staff at WCU, so I got to see and experience their passion for higher education and the relationships they formed with students and other staff. That was always interesting for me to observe and rubbed off on me as I got older and started to understand the importance of the relationships formed in college. I have now worked for the Admissions Office since the fall of 2013, after graduation, when the exciting opportunity to become an Admission counselor sort of fell into my lap. I have stayed within the Admissions Office since then because I realized I have the same passion and love for higher education, that my parents had, as well as I feel like I’m able to help others and make a difference in this position.
What I love about WCU: I love WCU because it’s my hometown’s backyard and where I grew up. I met my friends for life, my professors were so personable, my whole family is alumni, and I have one of the most fun jobs working with our current students, prospective students and their families, and traveling.
Favorite Quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

Brian Briggs


Brian Briggs

Administrative Support Specialist 



Bonnie Adams

Administrative Support Specialist

WCU Entourage, Golden Ambassadors, and Tele-Recruiters

The WCU Entourage, Golden Ambassadors, and Tele-Recruiters are three elite groups of students that represent Western Carolina University and assist the Office of Admissions with student recruitment initiatives, related student activities include Open House events and tours of campus.

If you are a current student at WCU and interested in becoming a part of the WCU Entourage, Golden Ambassadors, or Tele-Recruiters, then please contact us at or 828.227.7317

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