Dr. John Bardo, Chancellor of Western Carolina University, has named Fred Cantler Interim Director of Athletics as a national search begins to replace former Catamount Director of Athletics Jeff Compher, who is going to the University of Washington as executive associate director of athletics for the Huskies.
C. Jeffrey Compher, director of athletics at Western Carolina University since March 2000, is leaving the Catamounts to accept a position at the University of Washington where he will be joining long-time mentor Todd Turner, his former boss at Vanderbilt University and at N.C. State University.
Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo is fond of saying, “We want our student-athletes to succeed on the playing fields, but more importantly, we want them to graduate and succeed in the ‘game of life.’”
Chancellor John Bardo has announced that Western Carolina University will begin a yearlong campuswide effort to study its intercollegiate athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program.
The graduation rate for student-athletes who enrolled at Western Carolina University during the 1995-96 academic year is 65 percent, an all-time high, according to a recent report released by the NCAA.
The first steps in a $7.9 million effort to upgrade facilities and improve the intercollegiate athletics program at Western Carolina University are being taken this summer, as the initial round of renovations to E.J. Whitmire Stadium gets under way.