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External Relations

Christy Agner


Led by Director of External Relations Christy Agner, WCU's Office of External Relations serves as WCU's primary external liaison with local, regional, state and national constituencies. The office seeks to educate leaders about WCU's commitment to regional service, its contribution to local and regional economies, and its ability to serve corporations as a resource for research and development in Western North Carolina.

For more information, contact Christy Agner by phone at 828.227.3553 or by email at Or, explore more about WCU's service and learn how to be an advocate for the university:

As the westernmost campus of the UNC system, Western Carolina University is deeply committed to our purpose of providing access to high quality, affordable education while responding to regional needs and continuing to foster economic grown in Western North Carolina.

You can be a part of furthering this mission by becoming a Catamount Advocate and using the tools below to share the story of WCU's mission with elected officials, the media and your community.

Advocacy 101

You don’t have to be a seasoned spokesperson to successfully advocate for WCU. Legislators are people just like you and with our Advocacy 101 Guide, you’ll have a great way to get started speaking with your local legislators whether it’s in-person, by email or on the phone.
Advocacy 101 Guide


Each year Western Carolina leadership sits down and sets our legislative priorities for that session with input from the Chancellor’s Leadership Council, Faculty and Staff Senate, Provost Council, and the Chancellors Executive Council. Knowing these priorities allows us to be one unified voice speaking for needs of WCU.
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