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Chancellor’s Get Acquainted Tour scheduled

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will spend much of the fall semester traveling across North Carolina – and beyond – during a “get acquainted tour” that will take WCU’s new chief executive officer and his wife, Susan Brummell Belcher, to 15 stops during a four-month span.

Chancellor David O. Belcher (right) and wife Susan Brummell Belcher meet members of the community during a Haywood County event that was part of the chancellor's "get acquainted tour."

Chancellor David O. Belcher (right) and wife Susan Brummell Belcher meet members of the community during a Haywood County event that was part of the chancellor’s “get acquainted tour.”

The tour is designed to assist Belcher, who became chancellor effective July 1, in the process of crafting a vision for the next phase of development for the university by soliciting ideas and input from alumni, benefactors, legislators and community members. It includes visits to towns and cities in the Western North Carolina region and across the state, and to Upstate South Carolina, the Metro Atlanta area and Washington, D.C.

“Susan and I are very eager to get to know the members of the Western Carolina family,” Belcher said. “I need to hear their thoughts about what the university does well and about what it could do better to serve our students, our region and our state. Together, we will develop a shared vision for the future direction of Western Carolina University.”

Formerly provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he succeeds John W. Bardo, who stepped down as WCU chancellor this summer after 16 years in the position.

The tour already has taken Belcher to meet alumni and community members in Jackson and Haywood counties, with a visit to Macon County on tap this week (Tuesday, Aug. 23).

Chancellor David O. Belcher speaks at a Jackson County event held as part of his "get acquainted tour."

Chancellor David O. Belcher speaks at a Jackson County event held as part of his “get acquainted tour.”

The schedule for other stops on the tour includes:

Monday, Aug. 29 – Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Greater Asheville.

Tuesday, Sept. 20 – The Qualla Boundary (Cherokee).

Thursday, Sept. 22 – Hickory.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Greater Hendersonville.

Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Upstate South Carolina.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Charlotte/Mecklenburg County.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem.

Monday, Nov. 14 – Metro Atlanta.

Thursday, Nov. 17 – Swain County.

For information or to RSVP for a reception, contact Cindi Magill in the Office of Alumni Affairs at 828-227-7335 or magill@wcu.edu, or visit chancellortour.wcu.edu (link no longer active).

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