Carolyn Callaghan


Carolyn Callaghan, dean of professional, continuing and distance education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, has been named executive director of educational outreach at Western Carolina University.

The appointment is effective July 1. Callaghan will be filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Susan Fouts, who had overseen WCU’s educational outreach programs since July 2013.

Callaghan has led professional, continuing and distance programs at Shippensburg since May 2016, also previously serving as the university’s associate dean and assistant dean of professional, continuing and distance education.

Her appointment concludes a national search that attracted a strong field of candidates, WCU Interim Provost Richard Starnes said.

Prior to joining Shippensburg University, Callaghan held positions at the Medical Career Institute in Newport News, Virginia, and at the College of William and Mary and Illinois Wesleyan University. She holds a doctorate of adult education from Penn State University, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Illinois State University and a bachelor’s degree in history and social sciences, also from Illinois State.

At WCU, Callaghan will oversee the university’s distance and online programs, as well as noncredit activities including camps, conferences, professional development and continuing education programs. The Division of Educational Outreach also collaborates with community colleges, area nonprofits, businesses and governmental entities to create programs toward professional credentialing.