Alison Morrison-Shetlar, interim chancellor of Western Carolina University, has been presented a “Service in Education” award by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. in recognition of her support of students of all ages throughout the region.
Each year, chapters of the predominantly African-American fraternity hosts a public meeting to highlight the work done by members of the fraternity in the community, as well as recognize outstanding individuals from the community where the meeting is held. The Middle Eastern Province (North Carolina and southern West Virginia) of Kappa Alpha Psi hosted its annual meeting Thursday, March 28, through Sunday, March, 31, in Asheville, with more than 400 members in attendance and 600 people overall.
Morrison-Shetlar “has been a tireless advocate for students in Western North Carolina. Her compassion, dedication and leadership makes her worthy to be recognized for the Service in Education award,” said Lowell Davis, WCU associate vice chancellor for student success and Kappa Alpha Psi alumnus, who made the presentation.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Kappa Alpha Psi international fraternity to be a leader in inclusive excellence,” said Morrison-Shetlar. “I am proud of work that the students, faculty and staff at Western Carolina University do in support of inclusive excellence that supports those who deserve a high quality, affordable education to reach their maximum potential in Western North Carolina. I am honored to serve such a caring and supportive community.”
Other dignitaries recognized were Tony Floyd, president of Mars Hill University; Buncombe County Commissioner Alfred Whitesides Jr.; retired Buncombe County educator and community leader Larry McCallum; and the Rev. Howard John Wesley, pastor of the Alfred Street Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia.