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WCU Mourns The Loss, Celebrates Chancellor David Belcher


June 21, 2018

WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher, accompanied by UNC System President Margaret Spellings, greets graduating students with a high-five during a commencement ceremony in December 2017.

The Western Carolina University community is mourning the loss of Chancellor David O. Belcher, who died Sunday, June 17, at the age of 60 after a more than two-year battle with brain cancer.

WCU's chancellor since 2011, Belcher was widely recognized for energizing the university community to work with regional leaders to serve the needs of Western North Carolina, a combined effort that resulted in WCU reaching all-time highs in student achievement, enrollment, retention and graduation rates, in student and alumni engagement and in philanthropic giving.

Belcher, who went on medical leave D...

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