Dr. Sherri P. Merritt of Cary, NC died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 13th. Dr. Merritt was actively enrolled in WCU’s Post Masters Certificate in Public School Leadership program. Dr. Merritt held degrees from Campbell University and NC State University including her doctorate. Dr. Merritt taught in the Wake County School System for many years and she also taught at UNC-Greensboro. She was currently serving as the Director of K-12 Literacy for the Wake County School System.
Student Affairs has contacted Dr. Merritt’s family to express the university’s condolences.
The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed a new strategic plan that is designed to guide the institution’s direction and development over the next decade while strengthening relationships with the communities and regions it serves. The plan calls for WCU to focus on curricular areas of creative arts, education, environment, health, innovation and technology, and recreation and tourism. See the2020commission.wcu.edu for more information. « WCU News.
Western Carolina University is consolidating graduate and undergraduate academic programs currently offered at locations across Buncombe County to a new off-campus instructional site in Biltmore Park Town Square effective this fall. For more information, see biltmorepark.wcu.edu
Dr. Dale Carpenter has been selected to serve as the Interim Dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions. This appointment will be effective July 1, pending official approval through various university channels. Dr. Carpenter is currently a professor of special education in the School of Teaching and Learning.
Several CEAP faculty were presented with university-wide awards at the annual WCU Awards Convocation. Phyllis Robertson, associate professor of human services won the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service award for faculty. Beth Tyson Lofqust, interim provost and former department head in the college, was awarded the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service award for administrative staff. Megan Karvonen, associate professor of psychology was awarded the Jay M. Robinson eTeaching award. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.
The Botner Conference Room (Killian 102) has new paint, courtesy of facilities management. Come by (while there are no exams!) and take a look.