The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Western Carolina University for an additional 10 years, bringing to a successful close a multiyear process of evaluation of the university’s academic and administrative programs.
Representatives of Western Carolina University’s faculty, staff, student and alumni organizations took the opportunity during the Friday, Dec. 1, meeting of the WCU Board of Trustees to thank Chancellor David O. Belcher for his leadership over the past six and a half years.
Darrell F. Parker, dean of Western Carolina University’s College of Business since July 1, 2012, will be stepping down from the leadership position at the end of the fall semester to become president of Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.
The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western Carolina University will have a bold new look after the completion of an exterior renovation project endorsed Friday, Dec. 1, by the WCU Board of Trustees.
Students at Western Carolina University will pay slightly more to reside, dine and park on campus after the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees endorsed a new schedule of rates for the 2018-19 academic year, but a new tuition plan taking effect in the fall will result in a significant drop in the overall cost of attendance.
University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings announced Tuesday, Nov. 28, the naming of Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar as acting chancellor of Western Carolina University. The very next day, Carol Burton, WCU’s associate provost for undergraduate studies, agreed to step into Morrison-Shetlar’s shoes by taking the role of acting provost.
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher, who has been battling brain cancer since April 2016, has announced plans to go on medical leave effective Sunday, Dec. 31. Belcher shared his decision Monday, Nov. 27, in a message to members of the university community.
David A. Shapiro, the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University, is among this year’s recipients of the most prestigious honor bestowed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Western Carolina University will begin offering a bachelor’s degree program in integrated health sciences and a master’s degree program in athletic training after approval of the two new academic offerings Friday, Nov. 3, by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
Pamela DeGraffenreid, director of the Western Carolina University Bookstore and vice chair of the University of North Carolina System’s Staff Assembly, is the 2017 recipient of the Thomas W. Ross Visionary Leader Award.