Chancellor search committee to meet Jan. 19, hear from UNC’s President Spellings

Patricia B. Kaemmerling, chair of the WCU Board of Trustees, is co-chairing the committee leading the search for the university’s next chancellor.

The 22-member committee leading the search for Western Carolina University’s next chancellor will hold its first meeting Friday, Jan. 19, when University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings will deliver her charge to the committee and share her thoughts on the characteristics for the university’s new chief executive officer.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus. Spellings was scheduled to speak to the committee in person, but because of travel concerns related to the recent snow event will instead address the committee via teleconferencing.

In addition to receiving the official charge from Spellings, the committee will discuss the search process, procedures and timelines. The committee is co-chaired by Patricia B. Kaemmerling, chair of the WCU Board of Trustees, and Bryant Kinney, vice chair of WCU’s trustees.

The committee is expected to set a schedule of open forums to solicit input from members of the university’s various constituencies – faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community – about what they are seeking in WCU’s next chancellor. A website with information about the search, to include opportunities for online feedback, is currently under development.

The committee is searching for a successor to Chancellor David O. Belcher. Western Carolina’s chancellor since July 1, 2011, Belcher announced in November 2017 his plans to go on medical leave effective Dec. 31, 2017. He has been battling brain cancer since April 2016.

During the period of transition, WCU Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar is serving as acting chancellor. Carol Burton, the university’s associate provost for undergraduate studies, is serving as acting provost.

The search committee will recommend finalists to the full WCU Board of Trustees. The board must then recommend three finalists to Spellings, who will recommend one candidate to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for approval.

In addition to co-chairs Kaemmerling and Kinney, the search committee includes one nonvoting member from the UNC Board of Governors – David Powers, who serves as the board’s liaison to WCU.

Other committee members are:

  • Gorham Bradley, former director of the WCU Catamount Club and current commercial risk adviser for Stanberry Insurance of Western North Carolina.
  • Casey Cooper, CEO, Cherokee Indian Hospital.
  • Keith Corzine, WCU assistant vice chancellor for campus services in the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Ken Hughes, member, WCU Foundation Board.
  • George Little, former member of the WCU Board of Trustees and current member of the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees.
  • Kellie Angelo Monteith, WCU assistant vice chancellor for health and wellness in the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Ricardo Nazario-Colon, WCU chief diversity officer.
  • Kenny Messer, secretary of the WCU Board of Trustees.
  • Chris Parrish, WCU associate director of undergraduate admissions and former Staff Senate chair.
  • Robin Pate, president of the WCU Alumni Association.
  • Bob Roberts, member, WCU Board of Trustees.
  • Brandon Robinson, chair of the WCU Board of Visitors.
  • David Shapiro, WCU’s Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Katherine Spalding, president, WCU Student Government Association.
  • Wes Stone, WCU associate professor of engineering and technology.
  • Vicki Szabo, WCU associate professor of history.
  • Kevin Trudell, president, WCU Graduate Student Association.
  • Teresa Williams, former chair of the WCU Board of Trustees.
  • Bill Yang, WCU associate professor of electrical engineering and former Faculty Senate chair.