On July 1, Kelli R. Brown will assume her duties as the 12th chancellor of Western Carolina University. Elected by the UNC Board of Governors, Brown is currently the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University.
“On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Kelli R. Brown to lead WCU into the future,” UNC Board of Governors Chairperson Harry L. Smith, Jr. said in a press release. “Western Carolina has seen tremendous growth, particularly now as an NC Promise institution. Now, under Dr. Brown’s leadership, it is poised to see even greater success.”
Interim UNC-system President Bill Roper selected Brown for approval by the BOG out of two other candidates from the position. The search committee consisted of 21 people who were members of the WCU Board of Trustees, along with various stakeholders from WCU, the community and the region.
“Western Carolina deserves a chancellor with a keen focus on student and faculty success, and Dr. Brown has demonstrated that focus throughout her esteemed academic career,” Dr. Roper said. “I welcome her to the UNC system and look forward to working with Dr. Brown in her new role.”
Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, is the interim chancellor of WCU. Brown will succeed WCU’s late Chancellor David O. Belcher, who passed away after a battle with brain cancer for two years in June 2018.