Contrary to what is unfolding on the national and state election scenes, the selection of officers by the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees proved to be free of name-calling and finger-pointing.
The board re-elected retired banking executive Ed Broadwell of Asheville to a second one-year term as chair by a unanimous vote in a friendly atmosphere.
“Thank you for your seven years of service to this board and this university,” Patricia B. Kaemmerling, vice chair of the board, told Broadwell when nominating him for re-election. “You have given your time, your talents and your treasure, and it is my pleasure to nominate you.”
Broadwell has been a WCU trustee since 2009 and served as the board’s vice chair for two years. He is a past member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and previously was chairman and chief executive officer of HomeTrust Bank.
Election of officers was among the first orders of business for the board during its first meeting of the 2016-17 academic year.
The board also re-elected by acclamation Kaemmerling, chief financial officer of Access Computers Inc. in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, to a second one-year term as vice chair, and Carolyn L. Coward, an attorney with the Van Winkle Law Firm of Asheville, to a second one-year term as board secretary.
In addition, Baron Crawford, president of WCU’s Student Government Association, took the oath of office as an ex-officio member of the board.
Crawford, a senior from Gastonia, is a communication major with a concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish. He previously served as vice president of SGA.