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WCU Graduate School
1 University Dr.
110 Cordelia Camp
Cullowhee, NC 28723

WCU Graduate School - General

WCU Graduate School - Admissions Team

 Graduate School Staff

Jeff Lawson



Jeff Lawson, Dean of the Graduate School

  • Promote and celebrate graduate student, graduate faculty, and graduate program successes at Western Carolina University
  • Facilitate the recruitment of high quality and a high quantity of students to our graduate programs
  • Advocate for and allocate graduate assistantship and graduate scholarship funds to Graduate Program Directors to facilitate active student experiences in research and teaching
  • Review, promote, and advocate for new graduate programs at Western Carolina University
  • Represent Western Carolina University on the University of North Carolina System Graduate Council

Joy Bowers-Campbell



Joy Bowers-Campbell, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

  • Coordinates graduate policy and chairs Graduate Council’s Graduate Faculty and Policy Review Committee
  • Works with Program Directors and Key Staff on academic matters related to graduate programs
  • Oversees graduate admissions and enrolled student services
  • Represents the Graduate School on several University-wide committees
  • Serves as Advisor for Graduate Student Association

Holly Vaughan


Holly Vaughan, Director of Graduate Recruiting and Communications

  • Marketing & Events (including Virtual Open Houses)
  • Communications & Social Media
  • Applicant & Student Support
  • Graduate Ambassador Program Coordinator
  • SLATE Administrator

Kate Roche


Kate Roche, Student Services Specialist

  • Graduate Assistantship Employment
  • Financial Assistance Administration
  • Dismissal and Readmission after Dismissal
  • Course Overloads
  • Extension of Time Limit Requests
  • Transfer Credit Requests
  • Student Record Changes

Don Strickland


Don Strickland, Technical Support Analyst

  • Graduate School and Research Technical Support
  • Technolutions Slate, CRM Lead System Administrator
  • Application for Admission Customization
  • SLATE Consulting and Training
  • Data Analytics and Reporting

Jessica Ledford


Jessica Ledford, Lead Admission Specialist

  • Graduate Application Processing
  • Accepted Student Portal
  • Data Analytics and Reporting
  • Graduate Student and Applicant Support



Gabriela Sanchez, Admission Specialist

    • Graduate Application Processing
    • Graduate Student and Applicant Support



Roxane Stiles, Executive Assistant

  • Budget Manager for Graduate School and Research and Graduate Student Association
  • Graduate Catalog Administrator
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