NATIVE SON

Biltmore Park director is no stranger to Asheville area

By BILL STUDENC MPA ’10

Western Carolina University did not have to go far to find the new executive director for its programs at Biltmore Park – just as far as the other side of Asheville. Kevan Frazier, who served four different divisions during a 17-year career at the University of North Carolina at Asheville before embarking upon a private business venture, joined WCU in August to direct the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square.

Kevan Frazier

Frazier is succeeding Patsy Miller MAED ’82, who retired after more than 30 years of service to WCU, all of them in administrative roles with the university’s programs in the Asheville area. Miller joined WCU in 1984 as program coordinator for the Asheville office, where she worked with the late Harry Ramsey ’59, assistant to the chancellor for WCU programs in Asheville. She became director upon Ramsey’s retirement in 1997.

“Kevan brings extensive experience and very strong connections throughout the Asheville-Hendersonville area, especially in the banking, finance, legal, medical, government and entrepreneurial sectors,” said Alison Morrison-Shetlar, WCU provost. “He also brings tremendous energy and excitement as he begins to build upon the solid foundation that Patsy Miller is leaving behind, as well as those with whom she has worked over the years.”

Frazier served as associate vice chancellor for university advancement at UNC Asheville from 2012 until the fall of 2013, stepping down to start a small business in the tourism sector, Asheville by Foot, which provides historic and architectural walking tours of the city’s downtown. At UNC Asheville, he also had served as associate vice chancellor for alumni relations from 2004 until 2012, director of student life and the Highsmith University Union from 2001 until 2004, and coordinator of the Honors Program and associate director of undergraduate research from 1999 to 2001.

In addition, Frazier taught history at UNC Asheville, having earned his doctorate in U.S. and African history at West Virginia University. He received his master’s degree in history from Kent State University and his bachelor’s degree in history from UNC Asheville.

“While I was not on the job market, when I learned of WCU’s opening at Biltmore Park, I could not pass up the extraordinary opportunity to lead and grow one of the cornerstones of economic and community development in Western North Carolina,” Frazier said. “As the leading provider of graduate education in Western North Carolina, WCU is positioned better than any other institution in the area to offer the curricular breadth and depth needed to support economic and community development in the region. As a native Ashevillian, my roots are deep in this community and my commitment to its success is very strong.”