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Collins named assistant to chancellor at WCU

Claire H. Collins has been appointed to the position of assistant to the chancellor at Western Carolina University and will assume her duties Monday, July 11.

The appointment of Collins to the position that has been held by Terry Welch was announced Friday, June 17, by WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher.

Claire Collins

Claire Collins

Collins, a Cullowhee resident who earned her undergraduate degree in communication studies and media production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been a member of the WCU staff since 2010. She served as administrative assistant in WCU’s Public Policy Institute from October 2010 to December 2013, and since then has been executive assistant for the dean of WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Prior to coming to WCU, Collins was interim director for the Downtown Sylva Association for a year. She currently is president of the Jackson County Arts Council and formerly was on the board for the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro. She also has held roles with Sylva’s Chili Fest and Greening Up the Mountains festivals.

As assistant to the chancellor, Collins will report directly to Belcher and provide principal administrative support to him, including management of his calendar. She also will serve as assistant secretary to WCU’s Board of Trustees, a role that includes preparing agendas and materials for the full board and its committees and taking the official minutes at board meetings.

Welch is retiring this summer after serving in the Office of the Chancellor for 20 years.

By Randall Holcombe

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