Kelli Brown

Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli Brown (left) meets with Ed Holland, president of the university’s Alumni Association, at the July 15 “Chancellor’s Welcome Tour” event in Greensboro.

Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli Brown is meeting with alumni, friends of the university and community members across North Carolina this summer and fall.

The “Chancellor’s Welcome Tour” is designed to introduce WCU’s new chief executive officer to the region and state.

Brown, who became WCU’s 12th chancellor effective July 1, and husband Dennis are meeting with a variety of stakeholders – including alumni, faculty, staff, students, donors and elected officials – as she begins the process of crafting her vision for the direction of the university.

“I want to hear from alumni, students, faculty and staff,” she said. “I want to hear from community members and neighbors. I want to hear from our students’ parents. I want to hear from fans of our Catamount sports teams and from patrons of our arts programs. I want to be known as fully collaborative and transparent, and to develop initiatives and solve problems through open discussions with all of our many stakeholders. I truly believe that we will do our best work when we work together.”

There are two tour stops in the region:

Sylva/Dillsboro – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Innovation Station, 40 Depot St., Dillsboro; hosted by Stanberry Insurance.

Cherokee – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Selu Garden Cafe at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee; hosted by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort.

To participate in a tour stop, registration one week prior to the date of each event is required. To register or for more information, contact Elizabeth Honbarger in WCU’s Office of Alumni Engagement at 877-440-9990 or

The Catamount Club, WCU’s athletics fundraising arm, will be introducing the chancellor as part of tailgating activities prior to football games at N.C. State on Saturday, Sept. 7, and at Wofford College on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Formerly provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University, Brown succeeds David Belcher, who died in June 2018 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors elected her WCU chancellor April 25 upon the recommendation of Bill Roper, interim president of the UNC System.