Troy Barksdale, formerly associate vice president for program assessment for The University of North Carolina Office of the President, is new director of university planning at Western Carolina University.
Members of one of Western North Carolina’s best-known families have taken steps to guarantee that a long-standing family tradition of financial support for higher education will continue even after their deaths, through a gift annuity of more than $1,082,000 to Western Carolina University.
With the rumble of construction equipment in the background, students and administrators at Western Carolina University broke ground Tuesday, Dec. 9, for the Greek Village, a new 252-bed housing complex for many of the university’s fraternities and sororities.
Western Carolina University’s board of trustees today (Friday, Dec. 5) approved proposed increases of about 6.5 percent in tuition and required fees for 2004-05, including a proposed local tuition charge to expand academic scholarships and move faculty salaries closer to the average of similar universities nationwide.
Although former Western Carolina University dean Taft B. Botner died in September 2000, the longtime educator will continue to have an impact on the preparation of tomorrow’s teachers, thanks to a new endowed professorship in teacher education.
“One Foot in Eden,” the award-winning debut novel by Western Carolina University’s Ron Rash, will be featured on “Radio Reader,” a program heard daily on more than 100 public radio stations across the country.
The blending of tradition and modernization -- of old-fashioned woodwork and high-tech teaching -- was celebrated at Western Carolina University on Friday, Nov. 21, as the university held ribbon-cutting ceremonies to showcase its newly renovated Bird and McKee buildings.