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Brian Kloeppel


Brian Kloeppel, Dean and Chief Research Officer
(828) 227-3174

  • Serves as the institution's Authorized Organizational Representative. Responsible for internal approval of and contract execution of externally funded research
  • Supports the faculty research agenda by strengthening existing initiatives with external agencies, partners, and agencies, while seeking opportunities to expand into new multidisciplinary fields
  • Promotes research activities across the University's academic units and among faculty and students

Alison Krauss


Alison Krauss, Director, Office of Research Administration
(828) 227-2575

  • Responsible for administration and regulatory compliance within the Graduate School & Research
  • Proposal development
  • Contract negotiation
  • Subaward development
  • Internal processing of awards; coordinating new award meetings
  • Workshop and training development and delivery
  • Special initiatives such as Provost's Scholarship Development Awards

Jamie Carson


Jamie Carson, Research Protections Officer
(828) 227-2921

Coordinates compliance committees & functions

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Export Control

Shannon Mulkeen



Shannon Mulkeen, Pre-Award Services Director
(828) 227-2577

Supports faculty and staff in the pursuit of external funding, including:

  • Development of continuing education for grantwriters
  • Development of funding strategies
  • Facilitation of research collaborations
  • Assistance with proposal and budget development for faculty in engineering, health and human sciences, humanities, other

Pan Riggs


Pan Riggs, Research Services Coordinator
(828) 227-3180

Provides support and service for all research administration initiatives including:

  • Identification of funding opportunities
  • Assistance with workshops, training, and publications
  • Assistance preparing proposals for submission, for faculty in business, education, fine arts, math, sciences
  • RAMSeS entry and data reporting
  • Development of forms, templates and other resources for investigators

Morgan Burnett


Morgan Burnett, Post-Award Services Manager
(828) 227-2498

Performs accounting and financial reporting for grants, contracts, and overhead receipts. Responsibilities include:

  • Banner funds creation
  • Budget revisions
  • Expenditure transfers
  • Cash management
  • Financial report to funding agencies
  • Closeout

Patricia Cantrell


Patricia Cantrell, Grants Officer
(828) 227-2576

Assists investigators in the day-to-day management of their funds

  • Serves as a liaison to WCU support units (e.g., human resources, controller's office)
  • Helps investigators interpret university and agency guidelines
  • Assists in obtaining necessary agency approvals for re-budgeting actions, no-cost extensions, carry forward approvals, changes in investigators or key personnel, etc.
  • Provides training and project orientation
  • Maintains and produces spreadsheets and databases for project management and tracking
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