The academic unit that is home to Western Carolina University’s programs in music, stage, screen, art and design will be known as the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts in honor of the late WCU chancellor, who died June 17 at the age of 60 after battling brain cancer for more than two years.
For the son of a small-town Baptist preacher who went to college to become a classically trained pianist, only to find his professional career take an unexpected change of tempo into academia, the Saturday (June 23) memorial service for Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher hit all the right notes.
The North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 20, approved a resolution honoring the life and memory of the late David O. Belcher in recognition of his transformative leadership as chancellor at Western Carolina University since taking the position July 2011.
An on-campus memorial service to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in the performance hall of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
New signage at the main entrance to campus in Cullowhee, expanded off-site classroom and laboratory space in Asheville and additional storage for items from a collection of Southern Appalachian artifacts are in the works at Western Carolina University.
The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees has endorsed a slate of three finalists for the position of chancellor to be considered by University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings.
The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees unanimously approved an update to the university’s current strategic plan, a revision designed to address changes that have occurred since the document was first adopted in 2012 while remaining true to the direction of the original plan, titled “2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future.”