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Chancellor to undergo UNC system performance review process

It may seem like only yesterday that David O. Belcher, then the provost at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, was elected chancellor of Western Carolina University by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

In reality, his selection as WCU’s chief executive officer happened in April 2011, with Belcher officially taking over the duties of chancellor on July 1 of that year.

Chancellor David O. Belcher

Chancellor David O. Belcher

Because the UNC system’s process for evaluating campus CEOs calls for a comprehensive performance review upon the completion of a chancellor’s fourth year, that means it is time for WCU’s chancellor to undergo review.

The review process will take place over the next several months, with opportunity for all faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and other external constituencies to participate.

As part of the process, a few members of the campus community will receive invitations to take part in interviews to discuss Belcher’s work over the past four years. A random sample of faculty, staff and students as well as selected external alumni, friends and others will receive a survey. All remaining members of the university community will have the opportunity, if they choose, to express their views via email directly to the leader of the review process.

The campus portion of the review is scheduled to be completed by Friday, March 11, and the results of the evaluation will be shared with the WCU Board of Trustees at its June meeting, said F. Edward Broadwell, Board of Trustees chair.

“The purpose of the comprehensive review is to provide constructive feedback designed to improve chancellor performance,” Broadwell said. “It is not designed to create a public checklist of successes and failures. All information provided by participants will be kept confidential.”

Kenneth A. Shaw, chancellor emeritus and university professor at Syracuse University, will lead the review effort. Shaw also has been president of two state universities, having served more than 28 years as an institutional leader. He will conduct the interviews and prepare a confidential report for the chancellor, the Board of Trustees and the president of the UNC system.

Belcher encouraged all members of the campus community to participate in the process. “I always find such evaluative processes informative and helpful as I seek to be the best leader I can be, but this process will only be informative and helpful to the extent that people offer their feedback,” he said.

Additional information will be announced soon.

By Bill Studenc

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