Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher declared 2011-12 “a point of departure” for the institution, announcing a new strategic planning process as the top priority in a series of initiatives designed to give the WCU community a sense of ownership in the university’s destiny.
Chancellor David O. Belcher meets faculty and staff before speaking at the 2011 Opening Assembly. Photo courtesy of WCU.edu
In fact, the word “strategic” was a common theme throughout much of Belcher’s remarks Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Opening Assembly, the annual address to kick off the fall semester at WCU.
“For most of the two months I have been here in Cullowhee, we have been in an almost exclusively reactionary mode, particularly because of fiscal issues. I am this day shedding my reactionary mantle and donning the proactive ‘carpe diem’ spirit, which will define Western Carolina University’s future,” Belcher said to applause from the nearly capacity crowd of faculty, staff and students in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. ...
Belcher announced the formation of the Chancellor’s Leadership Council, a group composed of about 40 campus leaders from the faculty, staff, student body and administration to discuss broad issues such as policies, budget processes and priorities, and University of North Carolina General Administration regulations. ...
Click link to read the story. In August, Belcher, who took over from John Bardo, promised Jackson County’s town and county leaders that he would listen to ideas and voices from the local community, according to an article in the Smoky Mountain News. In addition, Belcher told the Smoky Mountain News that “my own preferences are for the unique,” and that he has “no predisposed feelings about building this campus community with a bunch of chains.” Read the full article