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History of The University of North Carolina


In North Carolina, all the public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of The University of North Carolina. Western Carolina University is one of the sixteen constituent institutions of the multi-campus state university.

The University of North Carolina, chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1789, was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. The first class was admitted in Chapel Hill in 1795. For the next 136 years, the only campus of The University of North Carolina was at Chapel Hill.

In 1877, the North Carolina General Assembly began sponsoring additional institutions of higher education, diverse in origin and purpose. Five were historically black institutions, and another was founded to educate American Indians. Several were created to prepare teachers for the public schools. Others had a technological emphasis. One is a training school for performing artists.

In 1931, the North Carolina General Assembly redefined The University of North Carolina to include three state-supported institutions: the campus at Chapel Hill (now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University at Raleigh), and Woman’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). The new multi-campus university operated with one board of trustees and one president. By 1969, three additional campuses had joined the university through legislative action: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

In 1971, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation bringing into the University of North Carolina the state’s ten remaining public senior institutions, each of which had until then been legally separate: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pembroke State University, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. This action created the current sixteen-campus university. In 1985, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, was declared an affiliated school of the university; and in 1996, Pembroke State University was renamed The University of North Carolina at Pembroke through legislative action.

The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions. It elects the president, who administers the university. The thirtytwo voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the North Carolina General Assembly for four-year terms. Former board chairmen and board members who are former governors of North Carolina may continue to serve for limited periods as non-voting members emeriti. The president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, or that student’s designee, is also a non-voting member.

Each of the sixteen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president. Each institution has a board of trustees, consisting of eight members elected by the Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor, and the president of the student body, who serves ex officio. The North Carolina School of the Arts has two additional ex officio members. Each board of trustees holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.

Board of Governors

J. Bradley Wilson, Chairman



J. Craig Souza, Vice Chair  


Patsy B. Perry, Secretary  


Class of 2007

Brent D. Barringer
R. Steve Bowden
F. Edward Broadwell, Jr.
William L. Burns, Jr.
John W. Davis III
Peter D. Hans
Charles A. Hayes
Peter Keber
Adelaide Daniels Key
G. Leroy Lail
Charles S. Norwood
Cary C. Owen
Patsy B. Perry
Gladys Ashe Robinson
Estelle W. Sanders
Priscilla P. Taylor

Class of 2009

Bradley T. Adcock
Peaches Gunter Blank
Phillip R. Dixon
Ray S. Farris
Dudley E. Flood
Hannah D. Gage
Willie J. Gilchrist
H. Frank Grainger
Charles H. Mercer, Jr.
Fred G. Mills
Jim W. Phillips, Jr.
Irvin A. Roseman
William G. Smith
J. Craig Souza
J. Bradley Wilson
David W. Young

Members Emeriti

James E. Holshouser Jr.
Benjamin S. Ruffin

Ex Officio

Zachary A. Wynne

Officers of the University of North Carolina

Erskine B. Bowles         


Alan R. Mabe  

Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Alan R. Mabe  

Vice President for Academic Planning

Russ Lea  

Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs

Jeffrey R. Davies  

Chief of Staff

Robyn R. Render  

Vice President for Information Resources and CIO

Leslie J. Winner  

Vice President and General Counsel

Cynthia J. Lawson   Vice President for Communications and Strategy Development
Wayne McDevitt  

Senior Vice President for University Affairs

Richard Thompson  

Vice President for University School Programs

Bart Corgnati  

Secretary of the University

Western Carolina University


Western Carolina University was founded in August 1889 as a semi-public school. Chartered as Cullowhee High School in 1891, it served the Cullowhee community and boarding students from neighboring counties and other states.

For Professor Robert Lee Madison, the institution’s founder, the aim of the school was teacher training. In 1893, with the first state appropriation of $1,500, a normal department was established. In 1905, the institution became Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School, a title it held for 20 years.

Beginning about 1912, the status of the school was gradually raised to that of a two-year normal school or junior college. With state support increasing and work at the secondary level discontinued, the name of the school was changed in 1925 to Cullowhee State Normal School.

In 1929, under a new charter authorizing the school to extend its work to the four-year level, the name Western Carolina Teachers College was adopted. Modifications in function and rapid growth climaxed in 1951 with the addition of the postgraduate year to the curriculum, and the granting of the Master of Arts in Education degree was authorized. Demands in the liberal arts, and for programs in other areas of learning, led to an expansion of its offerings and to a further change, in 1953, to the name Western Carolina College.

In 1967, the institution was designated a regional university by the North Carolina General Assembly and the name of the institution was changed to Western Carolina University.

In 1971, the state legislature reorganized higher education in North Carolina, and on July 1, 1972, Western Carolina University became a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina.

Board of Trustees

SteveWarren, Chair                          


Joan MacNeill, Vice Chair  


Genevieve W. Burda, Secretary  

Mars Hill



Class of 2007  


Robert F. Burgin  


Jeanette Hyde  


Gerald Kiser  

Columbia, SC

Steve Warren  


Charles R. Worley  


Rosemary Wyche  




Class of 2009  


Genevieve W. Burda  

Mars Hill

Rick Carlisle  


Teena Little  

Southern Pines

Joan MacNeill  


Stephen Metcalf  


William Ted Phillips Jr.  




Ex Officio  


Cody Grasty  




Former Trustee (2002-2003)  


Mr. Joe Crocker, Former Chair  


Academic and Administrative Officers

Only officers thought to be of special interest to graduate students are listed. See Undergraduate Catalog for complete listing.

John W. Bardo  


Dianne G. Lynch  

Chief of Staff

Kyle R. Carter  

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Fred D. Hinson  

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Beth Tyson Lofquist  

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

AJ Grube  

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Clifton Metcalf  

Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Affairs

Robert Caruso  

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

George W. Wooten  

Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

William K. Haggard  

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean for Student Development

Scott Higgins  

Interin Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

Gibbs Knotts  

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

Elizabeth Frazier  

Assistant to the Research and Graduate Studies Dean

Patricia L. Miller  

Director, WCU Programs in Asheville

Robert Kehrberg  

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

David Butcher  

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

N. Leroy Kauffman  

Dean, College of Business

Debasish Banerjee  

Associate Dean, College of Business

A. Michael Dougherty  

Dean, College of Education and Allied Professions

C. Dale Carpenter  

Associate Dean, College of Education and Allied Professions

Noelle Kehrberg  

Dean, College of Applied Sciences

Ann Johnson  

Associate Dean, College of Applied Sciences

Patricia Brown  

Dean, Educational Outreach

Phil Cauley, M.S.  

Interim Associate Dean, Educational Outreach

Bil Stahl  

Associate Provost for Information Services

Raymond Barclay  

Director of University Planning

Brenda G. Holcombe  

Acting Director of Admissions

Larry Hammer  

Acting Registrar

Jane M. Adams-Dunford  

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Nancy B. Dillard  

Director, Financial Aid

Bil Stahl  

Associate Provost for Information Services and University Librarian

Leila Tvedt  

Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Relations


Director, University Health Center

Tom Johnson  

Director, University Police Department

Lois Petrovich-Mwaniki  

Director, International Programs and Services

David Shapiro  

Director, Center for International Research & Policy

The Graduate School

Scott Higgins
Interim Dean

Elizabeth Frazier
Assistant to the Dean

Karen Nicholson
Administrative Secretary

Kristie Coggins
Student Services Assistant

Matthew Barrett
Technology Applications Analyst


Gibbs Knotts
Associate Dean

Michelle Hargis
Office of Sponsored Research

Barbara Gravett
Administrative Assistant, Sponsored Research

Connie Mathis
Student Services Assistant

Michel Kozuch


Graduate Council
Scott Higgins, Interim Dean and Chairman
Gibbs Knotts, Associate Dean
Elizabeth Frazier, Assistant to the Dean


Research Council
Scott Higgins, Interim Dean
Gibbs Knotts, Associate Dean
Michelle Hargis, Director, Office of Sponsored Research



Debra Burke
JoAnn Carland
Mimi Fenton
Vincent Hall
Scott Higgins
James Lewis
Karen Lunnen
David McCord
Shan Manickam
George Mechling
Justin Menickelli
Kevin Pennington
Jason Smith*
Patsy Smyth
Bil Stahl
Susan Stewart
Sandra Tonnsen
David Butcher (faculty representative to the UNC System Graduate Council)



Shawn Acheson
Peter Bates
Chris Cooper
Karena Cooper-Duffy
Jane Eastman
Michelle Hargis
Steven Henson
Scott Higgins
Mark Holiday
Mary Karlet
Meagan Karvonen
Bill Kwochka
Dixie McGinty
Gayle Moller
Sean O’Connell
Phil Sanger
Krista Schmidt

*Graduate student member


The Graduate School consists of a graduate faculty represented by the dean, who is the administrative officer, and the Graduate Council. The dean reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and is responsible for Research and Graduate Studies.

The Graduate Council formulates and recommends policies and standards for the Graduate School, reviews and recommends all teaching personnel for graduate courses, and appraises and recommends new graduate degree programs and changes in existing programs.