Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher and wife Susan Brummell Belcher have pledged $1.23 million in gifts for the university’s ongoing efforts to provide increasing scholarship support to help deserving students in their pursuit of higher education.
Western Carolina University’s social work program is receiving a federal grant of more than $1.9 million to continue an initiative aimed at increasing the number of social workers qualified to practice in the areas of behavioral health and substance abuse prevention on the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and in other medically underserved areas of Western North Carolina.
University of North Carolina system President Margaret Spellings joined recently appointed members of the UNC Board of Governors for a visit to Western Carolina University and its newly opened Catamount School on Thursday, Sept. 21, as part of a tour to help new board members get to know all of the system’s institutions.
The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees has approved David Hudson, associate dean of WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences, to hold the title of Western Carolina University Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy.
The University of North Carolina system’s General Administration has endorsed three mission-focused academic areas of interest in which Western Carolina University will work to achieve significant regional or national attention by the 2021-22 school year.
Fall semester at Western Carolina University has just begun, but faculty and staff involved in commencement already are pondering a couple of big changes that will take effect as the university celebrates its fall graduating class in December.
An acclaimed pianist who has performed around the world and who teaches that musical artists must be entrepreneurs and good communicators as well as skilled technicians is the new director of Western Carolina University’s School of Music.
Steady enrollment growth to help improve the economic condition of the state and its residents was among the recurring themes delivered by WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher in his annual Opening Assembly address Wednesday (Aug. 16) to kick off the new academic year.
The Wall Street Journal published a news story and accompanying rankings based on a national exam that listed WCU as second best among U.S. colleges and universities in helping students gain critical thinking skills.