Dean elected president of N.C. Conference of Graduate Schools

Scott Higgins, dean of the Graduate School and Research at WCU and incoming president of the N.C. Conference of Graduate Schools, accepts the gavel from outgoing president Sandra Hoeflich.

Scott Higgins, dean of the Graduate School and Research at WCU and incoming president of the N.C. Conference of Graduate Schools, accepts the gavel from outgoing president Sandra Hoeflich.

Scott Higgins, dean of the Graduate School and Research at Western Carolina University, is the new president of the North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools.

Higgins received the gavel from outgoing president Sandra Hoeflich, associate dean for interdisciplinary education, fellowships and communication of The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the organization’s meeting in November, which was held on the WCU campus.

A resident of Sylva, Higgins came to Western Carolina in 1981 as director of the health services management program. He began serving as interim dean of the Graduate School and Research in 2005 and was named dean in 2006.

Higgins has been actively involved in providing professional assistance to health care agencies across Western North Carolina, including conducting separate studies measuring the economic impact of the health care sector on Burke, Cherokee, Jackson, Swain and Transylvania counties. Higgins also serves on the scholarship committee of the Southern Conference of Graduate Schools.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from Florida Technological University, a master’s degree in allied health science administration from Indiana University and a doctoral degree in education from the University of South Carolina.

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