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WCU To Hold Open House

Western_Carolina_University_sealWestern Carolina University will welcome prospective students and their families and friends to campus as the university holds Open House on Saturday, March 22. Open House gives visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about the university’s wide array of academic programs, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid. For interested students who cannot attend the March 22 event, campus tours also are available year-round by appointment for students and their families. For more info call 828-227-7317.

WCU Has New Dean of College of Arts and Sciences


Richard Starnes

Richard Starnes

Western Carolina University Provost Angi Brenton announced on Wednesday, that Richard Starnes is the new permanent dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Starnes, who has been serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since July, is an associate professor of history and former head of WCU’s Department of History. A member of the WCU history department faculty since 2000, Starnes earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Western Carolina, in 1992 and 1994 respectively, before earning his doctorate from Auburn University in 1999. The appointment of Starnes is the result of a national search for a permanent dean of the college by a committee led by Sean O’Connell, head of the WCU Department of Biology. The College of Arts and Sciences is WCU’s largest college, consisting of 11 academic departments, nearly 200 faculty and some 2,000 students. The appointment will not be final until approved by the WCU Board of Trustees and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors later this spring.