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Western Carolina University Leadership

WCU is led by the Chancellor, the university’s chief administrative officer, with guidance and policy oversight from the Board of Trustees. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs serves as the top administrator for academics and as the senior member of the Chancellor’s Executive Council.

As one of the 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system, WCU also falls under the administration of the UNC system president and the Board of Governors, advised by the UNC Faculty Assembly.

WCU Executive Council

Kelli Brown

Dr. Kelli R. Brown


Dr. Richard Starnes

Dr. Richard Starnes

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Mike Byers

Mr. Michael T. Byers

Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

Alex Gary

Mr. Alex Gary

Director of Athletics

Mr. Craig Fowler

Chief Information Officer

Portrait of Jamie Raynor

Mrs. Jamie T. Raynor

Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Mr. Shea Browning

General Counsel

Dr. H. Samuel Miller, Jr.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Melissa Wargo

Dr. Melissa Wargo

Chief of Staff

Jessica Woods

Ms. Jessica Woods

Assistant to the Chancellor

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