Western to celebrate 10 years of John Bardo as chancellor

CULLOWHEE – It was 10 years ago that the University of North Carolina Board of Governors confirmed John W. Bardo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, as Western Carolina University’s 10th chancellor.

The announcement set off a yearlong series of activities called “Celebrating Western,” a salute to the wide variety of scholarly, creative and athletic pursuits that make up the life of a university, culminating in the April 26, 1996, investiture ceremony at which Bardo took the oath of office.

The university community will pause on the afternoon of Monday, April 25, for another campus celebration – this one honoring Bardo for a decade of service as Western’s chancellor. The event, scheduled for 3 until 5 p.m. on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center, is open to all students, faculty and staff, and to residents of the surrounding communities served by the university.

The event will include free refreshments, and entertainment provided by several student and faculty performers.

For more information about the event, contact Western’s Office of Special Events at (828) 227-3039, or e-mail to zsmith@wcu.edu .