CULLOWHEE – Susan Fowler Fouts has been named director of continuing education at Western Carolina University.
A Glenville native, Fouts is responsible for the overall management, development and distribution of non-credit continuing education programs and works with faculty and administration within the colleges of the university to identify, develop and deliver non-credit continuing education offerings.
“Continuing education provides a wide range of educational opportunities for learners seeking professional development, personal enrichment and opportunities to explore new learning,” said Pat Brown, dean of Western’s Division of Distance and Continuing Education.
Fouts holds a doctoral degree in adult and community college education from North Carolina State University, where her studies focused on the areas of training and development and lifelong learning. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science and a master’s degree in business administration from Western.
Prior to joining Western’s Division of Distance and Continuing Education, Fouts served as the director of workforce development for the business-led Southwestern Workforce Development Board in Bryson City.
During her tenure, the board completed a major study of the workforce and set an action agenda to address some of the workforce issues of the region. Fouts performed training needs analysis for business and developed training plans to meet those needs.
She served on several state committees and task force, including the North Carolina Workforce Commission’s dislocated worker task force that developed best practices for responses to dislocations and plant closures. She also helped develop strategic plans for area businesses and organizations to increase their competitiveness in the global economy.
Fouts has worked as a business and industry training coordinator and a director of continuing education in the community college system.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the Western Carolina University faculty and area professionals to develop continuing education opportunities,” she said. “As a native of Western North Carolina, I take this role seriously and am committed to the economic development of the region.”
For more information about continuing education programs at Western, contact Fouts at (828) 227-7397 or toll free at (800) 928-4968.