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CULLOWHEE – Myron L. Coulter, chancellor of Western Carolina University from 1984 until 1994, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.

Coulter, known to friends and colleagues by his nickname of “Barney,” guided Western Carolina for a decade characterized by a renewed emphasis on excellence in teaching, strategic planning and goal-setting, service to the Western North Carolina region, and outreach to the international community.

During his tenure as chancellor, the university established the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, later renamed the Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in recognition of his support of the center’s efforts both as chancellor and, upon his retirement, as chancellor emeritus.


On Friday, Sept. 16, professors from the Health Science and Education departments at Western Carolina University (WCU) and teachers from Cullowhee Valley School (CVS) joined ASAP for dinner—local, of course. ASAP’s goal? To better connect those involved in their multi-year Jackson County Farm to School Education Project.

The dinner was held at Cashier’s Lonesome Valley Community, the site of the original Sunburst Trout Farms. Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro of Sylva catered the event using fresh produce from Balsam Gardens (Sylva), Shelton Family Farm (Whittier), Family Traditions Farm (Cullowhee), and Pomme de Terre Farm (Sylva). Jackson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Murray and CVS Principal Kathryn Kantz were also in attendance.


$225,150 Lindamood-Bell Learning Process officially adopted

Macon County Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the contract which established a partnership with the California based company, Lindamood Bell Learning Process (LBLP), during Monday’s September board meeting.

The program, which began this summer and has already been introduced into the school system through a letter of intent signed by the board last month, costs $210,150 for the program and an estimated additional $15,000 for materials. Lindamood Bell will be funded by the re-direction of state and federal funds.


Strategic long-range plans to benefit both institutions.

Western Carolina University (WCU) and Southwestern Community College (SCC) are partnering in a long-range strategic planning process for the betterment of each institution, as well as for the benefit of the community at large.

WCU’s new chancellor, David Belcher, is working closely with SCC’s new president, Don Tomas to establish a comprehensive and cohesive plan for the role the institutions will have in the areas they serve.


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