OPENING NOTES

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.

IT HAS BEEN A JOY

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.”

WITH HIGHEST HONORS

During the summer of 1997, Western Carolina University began its Honors College with 77 students, individual and collective goals, and an understanding that more was to come.

THE STORY BEHIND THE NUMBERS

Early on in his tenure at Western Carolina University, Chancellor David O. Belcher became known on and off campus for a few key phrases that made it into almost every speech he delivered.

THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE

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.

LEAD THE WAY

Today I’m sharing with you the launch of the public phase of Western Carolina University’s Lead the Way Campaign: A Campaign Inspired by The Belcher Years.