Chancellor to hold series of community visits

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet with members of the Tri-County and Greater Asheville/Hendersonville areas this summer to kick off a series of events designed to keep the university connected with alumni, friends and elected officials.

David O. Belcher

David O. Belcher

The visits, expected to include stops across North Carolina and the Southeast, is a follow-up to the 2011 “Get Acquainted Tour,” which took Belcher and his wife, Susan, to some 15 municipalities over four months during his first year as chancellor.

“When we visited communities across the region and state in 2011, one thing we heard over and over again was that the ‘Get Acquainted Tour’ should not be a one-time thing,” said Marty Ramsey, director of alumni affairs. “Friends and alumni asked us to return to their communities and update them about what is going on at the university, and that is what we intend to do.”

The new series of visits will begin Thursday, June 27, with a reception for alumni and friends from Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties. The event will be held from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant in Murphy. It is sponsored by the Murphy Electric Power Board.

The second stop will be a reception for members of the Greater Asheville/Hendersonville communities Tuesday, July 9. The event will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Highland Brewing Co. It is sponsored by WCU alumni Tim and Betsy Gillespie.

The tentative schedule includes future stops in the Raleigh/Triangle area, Greater Charlotte, the Greensboro/Triad area, Greater Atlanta, Tampa and Orlando, Sylva, Cherokee, South Carolina, Hickory, Knoxville and Nashville, and Southern Pines.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Cindi Magill in the Office of Alumni Affairs toll-free at 877-440-9990 or via email at RSVP deadlines are Thursday, June 20, for the Murphy event and Tuesday, July 2, for the Greater Asheville/Hendersonville event.