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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.  

Chase Bishop

Senior Chase Bishop experiences full circle moment as judge in Western Regional Science Fair

In the fifth grade, Chase Bishop participated in the Western Regional Science Fair for the first time at WCU, and his journey as a scientist began.   

William Moultrie

William Moultrie

William Moultrie, associate vice chancellor for Student Success, carries a firm belief in never underestimating oneself. He holds true that the size of one’s problems is nothing compared to their ability to solve them. There is hard work to be done and the pressure of privilege challenges us to stay honest and engage in a more meaningful life.  

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WCU sees slight increase in distance students for spring semester

There are a total of 10,586 students enrolled this semester compared to 10,977 this time last year.   

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Second-year DPT student Gabriella Ware wins Scholarship of Excellence Award

Gabriella Ware recently received the Scholarship of Excellence Award from the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions.  

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