WCU is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant university
campuses in North Carolina. This chancellorship presents a unique
opportunity for a qualified leader to continue to bring distinction
to this exciting university.
WCU is a premier regional comprehensive university with
nationally and internationally recognized teacher-scholars
dedicated to student learning. Located in Cullowhee, North
Carolina, 52 miles west of Asheville and adjacent to the Great
Smoky Mountains, the University is one of 17 constituent
institutions of the University of North Carolina System. The
University enjoys a strong partnership with the Eastern Band of
Cherokee Indians in recognition of their unique history in this
region. WCU has a collaborative relationship with the entire
Western North Carolina region, and deploys its resources statewide
either singly or jointly with other institutions to address needs
of the state, nation and world.
The University offers courses in the arts, sciences,
technologies, humanities and professions through degree programs at
the bachelor’s, master’s education specialist and doctoral levels.
WCU offers the advantages of a large university while maintaining
its small college atmosphere. The University currently enrolls more
than 11,000 students and has an annual budget of approximately $225
As CEO of WCU, the Chancellor reports to the UNC System
President and operates in accordance with policies and procedures
established by the UNC Board of Governors and the WCU Board of
Trustees. The Chancellor works with a wide range of internal and
external constituencies to build upon the existing strengths of the
University and to provide the personal and professional leadership
to chart its future course. The Chancellor is expected to value
both the human and financial resources of the University and to
advance its standing within the national and international
community of higher education.
WCU’s Chancellor must be a person of unquestioned integrity, a
visionary who understands and values the academy and has the
experience and skills to reach out to the external and internal
community to build relationships, garner and provide resources, and
form collaborative, lasting partnerships. Demonstrated personal
qualities of integrity, humor and vision are essential, as are
sound judgment, considerable energy and a commitment to
collaboration. The Chancellor must listen openly and objectively
and create an environment of diversity and inclusion.
The Chancellor must endorse and build upon WCU’s
student-centered focus and create an atmosphere conducive to a
positive student experience. The Chancellor must have a
demonstrated commitment to access, affordability and student
success. A commitment to a strong, academically-focused NCAA
Division I athletic program is important to student, alumni and
community experience and engagement with the University.
The Chancellor must respect the University’s history, articulate
its uniqueness, and appreciate and value its important missions of
teaching, research, public service, and regional and economic
community development. The Chancellor must have a thorough
understanding of, and focus on, the changing nature of public
higher education, including its vital role in local, state,
national and global economies. As part of this focus, the
Chancellor will champion the UNC System’s strategic plan and its
implementation at WCU.
Western Carolina University invites expressions of interest in,
and nominations for, Chancellor of the University.
All correspondence should be sent, in
confidence, to the University’s executive
Western Carolina University is an EEO/AA –
M/F/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities employer.
Jerry H. Baker
Senior Advisor and Chairman, Higher
Education Practice Buffkin/Baker