Front row from left, Chancellor David Belcher; Board of Visitors members Jill Hendrickson ’78, Brenda Warlick ’76, Rebecca Schlosser ’73, Jo Blaylock MS ’01 and Casey Cooper; Frances Owl-Smith ’83, Alumni Association president; and board members Lisa Hill, Barry Smith ’67, David Wiggins ’91 and Bruce Moore ’83. Back row from left, board members Floyd “Ski” Chilton ’80 and Jack Morse; Ed Broadwall, Board of Trustees chair; and board members Brandon Robinson ’05 MA ’10, Donna Winbon ’80, Lee Schmudde and Steve Couch ’85. Not pictured are members Terry Bellamy MPA ’14, Earlene Cheung ’75, Rusty Edwards ’92, Penny Mawyer and Judy Stroud ’76 MAEd ’81.


Visitors serve as university’s advocates, ambassadors

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees has approved a slate of 10 new members comprising the second class of the university’s Board of Visitors. Established by the trustees in 2014, the Board of Visitors is designed to serve as an advisory body to the university’s chancellor.

Members of the Board of Visitors serve as advocates and ambassadors for WCU; promote and advance the mission, vision and strategic plan of the university; make WCU a philanthropic priority; and provide the chancellor and the Board of Trustees with advice and counsel on issues that are critical to the institution’s strategic interests.

The Board of Visitors will consist of up to 30 members elected by the trustees, along with five ex-officio members – the chair of the Board of Trustees, the immediate past chair of the trustees, the chancellor, the president of the WCU Alumni Association and the chair of the Board of Directors of the Western Carolina University Foundation.

The 10 newly approved board members join the 10 approved last year who comprised the inaugural class. Ten additional board members will come on board in 2016. Each class of visitors will serve initial terms of three years.
The Board of Visitors class of 2015 includes seven alumni:

Terry Bellamy MPA ’14, former mayor of Asheville and current neighborhood outreach coordinator for the Asheville Housing Authority.

Earlene Cheung ’75, former vice chair of the recreation commission in San Marino, California, a resident of Taylorsville.

Kenneth “Rusty” Edwards ’92, Wells Fargo area business banking manager for the Triad and Western North Carolina, a resident of Asheville.

Jill Hendrickson ’78, owner and property manager of Capital Club Properties LLC, a resident of Zebulon.

Lisa Hill, president of Long Farms and co-owner and co-operator of Southern Hill Farms, a resident of Apopka, Florida.

Barry Smith ’67, a retired executive from Pfizer Inc., a resident of Cramerton.

Judy Stroud ’76 MAEd ’81, an insurance agent for State Farm, a Hendersonville resident.

In addition to the seven WCU alumni, the board includes:

• Casey Cooper, chief executive officer of Cherokee Indian Hospital.

• Jack Morse, a retired senior partner in the law firm of Morse and Edwards in Atlanta, a resident of Cashiers.

• Lee Schmudde, vice president in the legal department for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a resident of Kissimmee, Florida.