The quest to find Western Carolina University’s next chancellor is hitting high gear as the committee leading the search for a successor to the late David O. Belcher is in the process of reviewing candidate materials and selecting a to-be-determined number of candidates to participate in off-campus interviews early this winter.
It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, this talk of broken records when it comes to enrollment at Western Carolina University where, for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the past eight years, the institution has experienced increases in both the size and academic qualifications of its student body.
Western Carolina University has joined a regional collaborative that plans to use a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to boost an already thriving Western North Carolina outdoor recreation industry to an even higher level.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ historical and cultural connections with the land now home to Western Carolina University were commemorated as representatives of the tribal and university communities gathered for the September unveiling of a sculpture based on the Cherokee syllabary character “wi.”
Susan Brummell Belcher, wife of late Chancellor David O. Belcher, received one of the university’s top honors, the Distinguished Service Award, as part of Homecoming activities in November.
The 30th annual event will be held in the Conference Room of Blue Ridge Hall to recognize creative and academic works by faculty and staff.
The series will kick off with a screening of “Dark Girls” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.
In her unpaid position as a community ambassador on behalf of Western Carolina University during the decade that her husband served as chancellor, Barbara Coulter was known as a gracious hostess who made everyone feel welcomed, at home and very special as honored guests.