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HESA Faculty

Needham Yancey Gulley

Associate Professor

Higher Education Student Affairs Program Director

Dustin Evatt-Young

Assistant Professor of Practice

Higher Education Student Affairs; Leadership Minor Program Director

April Perry

Associate Professor

Higher Education Student Affairs

Adjunct Instructors:

Dr. Carol Burton, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Western Carolina University
Areas of Specialization: Organization, Administration, & Finance in Higher Education; Program Assessment and Evaluation

Dr. Adriel Hilton, Dean of Students and Diversity Officer
Areas of Specialization: diversity, affirmative action, factors that affect the success and persistence of minorities in university settings, history of HBCUs

Dr. Sam Miller, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Western Carolina University
Areas of Specialization: Organization, Administration, & Finance in Higher Education; Film in Higher Education

Dr. Wes Milner, Director, Office of Global Engagement; Professor of International Studies
Western Carolina University
Areas of Specialization: international education, international university administration, crisis management in higher education 

Dr. Dana Patterson, Director of Intercultural Affairs
Western Carolina University
Areas of Specialization: Counseling Theories & Techniques; Student Judicial Issues in Higher Education; Film in Higher Education; Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education; Academic & Student Affairs Partnerships; The College Environment & Student Success

Dr. Lane Perry, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship
Western Carolina University
Areas of Specialization: Community Engagement in Higher Education; Teaching & Learning Strategies; Academic & Student Affairs Partnerships; Film in Higher Education; The College Environment & Student Success

Dr. BaShaun Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Western Carolina University
Areas of Specialization: Crisis Management in Higher Education, Student Judicial Issues in Higher Education, Title IX, The College Environment and Student Success, The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education, and Ethical Decision Making in Higher Education.

Dr. Kim Winter, Dean for the College of Education and Allied Professions
Western Carolina University
Areas of Specialization: Organization, Administration, and Finance in Higher Education; Program Assessment and Evaluation

2021-2022 WCU HESA Board Members

WCU Staff Board Members Adjunct Board Members Student Board Members
Jane Adams-Dunford (2015-2022) Sam Miller Zach Moffett (2nd year)
Julie Conway (2019-2023) Carol Burton Gwyn Howard (1st year)
Kourtney Sandefur (2019-2023) BaShaun Smith  
Linda Carmody (2020-2024) Lane Perry  
Alex Fields (2020-2024) Wes Milner  
Brandon MacCallum (2021-2025) Dana Patterson  
Carson Williams (2021-2025)    

  

2022-2023 HESA Student Ambassadors

Gwyn Howard

Gwyn Howard

(she/they)Student Ambassador

Emma Stubbe

Emma Stubbe

(she/her)Student Ambassador

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