As you probably know, I am currently on medical leave and do not plan to return to the chancellorship. Despite the best efforts of my medical team, the effects of my glioblastoma brain tumor have continued to worsen, and the aphasic impact of the disease on my communicative skills has become more pronounced.
With a wicked sense of humor and a laser-like focus on excellence, Chancellor David O. Belcher has led Western Carolina University to unprecedented heights. In words and video, we celebrate “the Belcher years.”
As afternoon clouds rolled in, threatening to shroud the view of the first total solar eclipse in the skies over Cullowhee in more than 500 years, the nearly 4,000 students, faculty, staff and community members who had packed the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn and Central Plaza issued a collective groan.