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Staff Senate

Western Carolina University's Staff Senate is an elected body that represents the university's permanent, non-faculty employees. The Staff Senate serves in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor and other university decision-making bodies and meets monthly to discuss staff members' ideas and concerns. The Senate is committed to representing and communicating the needs and priorities of staff. The Senate also works to ensure that staff contributions are recognized at WCU. The Staff Senate values and respects the worth and contributions of all individuals at Western Carolina University.

In October the Senate administered a survey to learn more about staff professional development needs. Learn more

After consideration and discussion, the Staff Senate felt that it was important to make a statement regarding pay increases granted by the UNC System. View the Resolution



Elected Representatives





This committee is responsible for Senate nominations, elections and orientation for Senators and officers. This committee also keeps the bylaws up to date and addresses all issues and activities related to governance of the Senate.

Chair: Hunter Yarborough

Human Resources

This committee works to understand and address staff concerns and proposals in the area of salary, benefits, job classification, privatization, staff development and training, diversity and inclusion and other issues pertaining to human resources.

Co-chairs: Mandy Dockendorf and Shawna Young

Public Relations

This committee plans and coordinates Senate communications and seeks to increase staff engagement with the Senate. The committee maintains the Senate's website and coordinates a monthly newsletter. This committee also seeks to increase employee service opportunities and regularly plans service events.

Co-chairs: Anita Hall and Mandy Dockendorf

scholarship selection and fundraising

This committee leads the fundraising efforts for the Senate's scholarship, reviews scholarship applications and awards the scholarship annually.

Chair: Deidre Hopkins

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