Claxton, Wyatt named to All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team

WCU’s representatives on the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team receive congratulations from leaders of the university and conference. Taking part in an award presentation are (from right) honorees Christy Wyatt and David Claxton; Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino; and three WCU leaders – Director of Athletics Randy Eaton, Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar and Chancellor David O. Belcher.

Western Carolina University’s David Claxton and Christy Wyatt were honored as the university’s representatives on the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team during the WCU men’s home basketball game against Furman on Wednesday (Feb. 15.)

Claxton, head and professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Wyatt, a counselor and substance abuse specialist for Counseling and Psychological Services, were included on a list of honorees announced recently by conference officials. Two representatives from each of the 10 member schools were recognized.

Selection of the faculty and staff members was left up to each SoCon institution, but conference officials said all recipients share the common characteristics of demonstrated service to their institutions and contributions to campus life and the local community.

Last year’s inaugural team included just faculty members, but the team was expanded this year to include staff, doubling the number of recipients.

Claxton has served in higher education for more than 40 years and began teaching at WCU in 1993 as head of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He is now a professor of health and physical education in WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning. Claxton’s professional activities have included serving as president of the N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and on the board of directors of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education. He plans to retire after the spring semester, but will continue to serve WCU as professor emeritus.

Wyatt has worked in Counseling and Psychological Services since the fall of 2012. Known for her passion in helping students who are in recovery from drugs, alcohol and other addictive behaviors, Wyatt obtained a grant to start a Collegiate Recovery Program to support that group of students and she has advocated at local and regional levels to bring attention to their needs. Wyatt also supervises students who are enrolled in social work, counseling, psychology and higher education student affairs programs.