The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce posthumously recognized Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher for his contributions and commitment to the region with its Excellence in Public Service Award.
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.
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.
David Orr Belcher, chancellor of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, died on Sunday, June 17, at the age of 60. A native of Barnwell, South Carolina, Belcher was predeceased by his parents, Jean Orr Belcher and Posey Belcher Jr.
The University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments will bestow its prestigious William C. Friday Lifetime Achievement Award on David O. Belcher, chancellor of Western Carolina University.
An end-of-semester reception to provide Western Carolina University faculty, staff and friends an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Chancellor David O. Belcher and wife Susan Brummell Belcher to the university and the Western North Carolina region is set for Monday, Dec. 18.
Representatives of Western Carolina University’s faculty, staff, student and alumni organizations took the opportunity during the Friday, Dec. 1, meeting of the WCU Board of Trustees to thank Chancellor David O. Belcher for his leadership over the past six and a half years.
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher, who has been battling brain cancer since April 2016, has announced plans to go on medical leave effective Sunday, Dec. 31. Belcher shared his decision Monday, Nov. 27, in a message to members of the university community.