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Bryant Kinney

Bryant Kinney leaves leadership post confident in WCU’s strength to lead region

From high school drum major to Duke Energy to owner of his own company and chair of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees — plus a few stops in between — Bryant Kinney has led a life of sheer leadership, no ifs, ands or buts about it.   

Al Kopak and Alexa Singer

Professors hope data encourages empathetic approach to treating jail inmates with addiction issues

Two Western Carolina University professors with interests in jail populations and addiction issues collaborated with one regional county government to better understand the recovery needs of its jail inmates with substance use disorder.  

Chancellor Kelli R. Brown

WCU chancellor included in Business NC magazine’s leadership power list

Business North Carolina counts Chancellor Kelli R. Brown among its Power List 2021, a recently published compilation of the state’s most influential leaders.   

Pride of the Mountains

Marching On

New Pride of the Mountains leader looks to build on an already great tradition. Jack Eaddy Jr. is all about pushing the envelope. Pushing the envelope is one reason Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has become one of the most renowned collegiate bands in the country.  

faculty and staff awards

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards return

After being canceled in 2020 because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, WCU’s Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards resumed, albeit in a limited capacity form.  

David Dorondo

David Dorondo participates in NATO hybrid warfare research

David Dorondo, an associate professor of history, has found himself lately a part of espionage, international diplomacy and a shadow world of geopolitical intrigue.   

Darrius Stanley

Black faculty, staff organization forms at WCU

A new group has been organized for African American faculty and staff at WCU, though its efforts are intended to reach beyond into the community and other constituencies.   

Police community committee

Campus police department forms community advisory committee

WCU’s Police Department recently instituted a standing advisory committee to help officers better understand and serve the community.  

Nancy LIddle and Husband Matt Liddle

Nancy Liddle, an I Love WCU Story

As the executive assistant in Western Carolina University’s College of Business, Nancy Liddle sees firsthand the direct impact scholarships make on students. This alone motivates her to be the generous donor that she is.   

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