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. Dan Grube, associate professor, has agreed to become the Interim Director of the School of Teaching and Learning beginning July 1. Dr. Grube served last year as both associate dean and one of three assistant department heads in STL and will bring familiarity with programs and leadership experience to the position.
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.
Former Chancellor Bardo, who was to take a faculty position in the College of Education and Allied Professions this fall, has accepted the position of president at Wichita State University. See the Western Carolina Journalist for more information.