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WCU Chancellor Search Down To 3 Candidates

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Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar has been serving as interim chancellor during the search committee process. The new chancellor is now expected to be announced by early May.

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees chose 3 candidates for chancellor to send along for consideration to the UNC System Board at their most recent meeting.

Interim UNC System President Dr. William Roper, who has served since Margaret Spelling stepped down, will consider the candidates.

WCU has been in search of a chancellor since 2017 when the late chancellor David Belcher stepped down after being diagnosed with brain cancer.


The WCU search committee met with 10 candidates between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Then  the committee invited four candidates to campus in mid-February where they met with students, faculty and community members.

The search committee narrowed down the list of candidates to three at the end of February.

A new chancellor expected to be named by late April or early May. Their first day on the job will be around July 1.

This is the second search for a chancellor. The first search did not yield a candidate after former WCU trustee Tom Fetzer, a current member on UNC Board of Governors, raised questions about the initial finalist’s qualifications, reported the Sylva Herald. The candidate then removed themselves from the search.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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