The WCU Cherokee Center was founded in 1975 when Lawrence Arvey founded the center
as a hub for professors that would teach the college level courses across the street
from the Old Cherokee High School. As the years went on, those professors were no
longer needed because the teacher could become certified to teach the course themselves.
The Center has become the headquarters for all outreach and involvement in the Cherokee community. We provide many services to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians students and the surrounding region. These services include the application process, transcript request, scholarships, internships placement, high school recruitment, and much more.
We are excited to serve this community and hope to increase the number of attendees each year. The center staff is here to support you and any way possible. The WCU Cherokee Center is your connection to Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College.
The Cherokee Center runs many activities and services for the local community:
Director of the Cherokee Center
An enrolled member of the Eastern Band, Sampson earned her bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in public relations at WCU in 2010 before going on to receive her master’s degree in human environmental sciences at the University of Alabama in 2014. She has served as program manager for the Cherokee Youth Council of the Cherokee Boys Club since May 2011. As director of the Cherokee Center, Sampson will serve as a liaison between WCU and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Administrative Support Associate
An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Huskey graduated from Swain County High School and is currently working towards his associates degree. He is the former chairman of the Junaluska Leadership Council and is a 2013 alumni of the Remember the Removal bike ride that travels from New Echota, GA to Tahlequah, OK. As the Administrative Support for the Cherokee Center, Huskey will work to provide excellent support to the Director and the Cherokee Center.