Office of the Chancellor


Welcome to Western Carolina University!

It is my great privilege to serve as chancellor of this excellent university. The majestic mountains that surround our beautiful campus are a metaphor for this ambitious institution which is soaring ever higher.

WCU’s academic reputation is rising steadily as entering students come to campus increasingly well-prepared to meet the rigorous standards of our superb faculty who, in turn, commit themselves to their students’ success. Programs ranging from teacher education and business administration to criminal justice and project management continue to collect national accolades from independent reviewers and outside accrediting agencies. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Western Carolina among the top master’s degree-granting public institutions in the South.

Founded as a teacher preparatory school to bring higher education and career opportunities to the people of Western North Carolina, the university has grown in size, scope, and mission. While remaining true to our historical tenets, WCU is now a major educational, scientific, cultural, community and economic development force, not only in the mountain region, but across North Carolina, the Southeast, and the nation.

WCU fundamentally values civic engagement and service learning, offering unique opportunities for those who truly aspire to make a difference in their world. At Western Carolina, students learn to do good as they learn to do well.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about Western Carolina University, and to schedule a visit to campus to get to know more about the Western Way. Whether you are a prospective student, a parent, an alumnus, a community leader, or a friend of WCU, remember:  the higher you climb, the better the view.

David O. Belcher



Office Staff

Melissa Wargo - Chief of Staff

Claire Collins - Assistant to the Chancellor
and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Julie Mathis - Administrative Support Associate

Jessica Woods - Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Karen Woody - Business Officer

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