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Carol Burton

Carol Burton

Once referred to as a “campus fixture” by beloved late WCU Chancellor David Orr Belcher, Carol Burton, vice provost, has dedicated 33 years to learning and leading with compassion and obligation. Raised by Jamaican parents Reuben and Yvonne Burton, Burton’s journey to higher education was predestined by her matriarchal, fearless, powerful and entrepreneurial mother. “An American degree is the way of the future,” Yvonne Burton told her.   


Board of Trustees to hold quarterly meeting March 3

The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 3, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.  

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EMC program alumni establish 2 new scholarship funds to help future WCU students

A pair of alumni from the EMC program's formative years have established endowed scholarship funds totaling nearly $55,000 to help future students.  

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WCU to host national book award winner, bestsellers at 21st Annual Spring Literary Festival

WCU’s Spring Literary Festival returns to campus March 20-23 with a series of live events.  

Patrice Brown

Patrice Brown

Named after her late father, John L. Brown, Johnnifer Patrice Brown, assistant professor of interior design at WCU, spent her childhood watching her father master the art of upholstery in Montgomery, Alabama. Completing her BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University, and time spent working in both the automotive and commercial design industry, Patrice soon realized she was unfulfilled and needed a change.   

Jeff Hughes

Jeff Hughes

Life in threes. That’s how Jeff Hughes, director of the Department of Campus Activities, patterned his decades-long career at Western Carolina University. Holding a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in sociology from Georgia Southern University, the native of Lake Hartwell, Georgia, set out with ambitions of becoming a city planner.   

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WCU ranked in top 20% of Forbes’ list of America’s best midsize employers

WCU has been ranked in the top 20% coming in at number 97 out of 500 organizations.  

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WCU to revamp advising model July 1

Students who are pursuing majors supported by WCU’s Advising Center will have an increased connection with professional advisers under the new advising model.   

Evelyn Rucker

Evelyn Rucker

Evelyn Rucker, a native of Mobile, Alabama, a first-generation college student, and interim director of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University, uses her favorite quote by rapper Tupac Shakur to inspire her to continue to lead and empower marginalized students through their higher education journey.  

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