Campus Master Planning Task Forces

Assessing Building Needs and Space Utilization:

Charge:  Assessing new building and facility needs as well as analyzing current space utilization will be critical to campus master planning efforts.  This task force will deal with prioritizing needs for new buildings and outdoor facilities, recommendations for repair and renovation of existing buildings, other outdoors facilities and core infrastructure needs (sewers, electricity, etc.), and recommendations on space utilization and allocation standards/policies.  Questions and areas that your task force will be asked to consider include:

  • What are the long term space needs for each college and major division? Priority rankings of space.
  • How will changes in instructional technology and pedagogy affect long-term space needs?
  • What buildings would be the best candidates for major renovation and/or adaptation (original/new design) and which are best candidates for demolition? 
  • How do we address the need for non-structure facilities like athletic fields, preserved green space for educational purposes and outdoor recreation, etc.
  • How do we ensure maximum utilization of space? How do we allocate space (instructional and office) equitably?  What guidelines should we apply to ensure WCU is assigning and using space effectively?
  • What are the short and long term core infrastructure needs of the campus such as sewers, water, electricity, etc.?

Task force members should feel free to review this charge and narrow or enlarge it to suit what it believes to be the campus’ needs. 

Darrell Parker, Chair, Dean College of Business
Scott Huffman, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Physics
John West, Associate Dean, Fine & Performing Arts
Jennifer Hinton, Associate Professor, Recreational Therapy
Carrie Rogers, Assistant Professor, School of Teaching & Learning
Vittal Anantatmula, Associate Professor, Project Management
Wes Stone, Associate Professor, Engineering & Technology
Heidi Buchanan, Associate Professor/Dept. Head, Hunter Library
Larry Hammer, University Registrar, Office of the Registrar
Alison Joseph, Research Analyst, Institutional Planning & Effectiveness
Wiley Harris, Engineering Supervisor, Facilities Management
Keith Corzine, Director, Residential Living
Meg White, Director, Development
Todd Lawing, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Internal Operations, Athletics
Ryan Hermance, Student, Student Government Association

Enhancing Parking and Transportation:

Charge: As the WCU campus expands, both in the campus core and on the Millennial Campus, transportation and parking needs will be paramount.  To that end, this task force would deal with issues such as perimeter vs. interior parking, sidewalks, circulation, bike lanes, Cat Tran routes, etc.  Questions and areas that your task force will be asked to consider include:

  • What is the appropriate balance between perimeter and core parking? 
  • What should be the strategy for parking in the core -- deck or surface? Impact on fees?
  • What strategies should be employed to reduce the number of vehicles on campus? 
  • What vehicular access is necessary in the core?
  • What accommodations should we make for alternative fuel source vehicles (e.g., charging stations)?
  • How does the university ensure that pedestrian traffic is encouraged and accommodated?
  • How should the University manage and accommodate non-vehicular traffic such as bicycles?
  • What transportation options should be provided for students, faculty, and staff?
  • What transportation options should be considered between east and west campus?
  • How should we link campus transportation systems with community and alternative systems?

Task force members should feel free to review this charge and narrow or enlarge it to suit what it believes to be the campus’ needs. 

Jason LaVigne, Chair, SQL Server DBA, IT
Curtis Montieth, Engineering Technician, Facilities Management
Ernie Hudson, Chief, University Police
Steve Henson, Associate Professor, Sales & Marketing
Tammy Haskett, Director, Student Orientation
Marie Huff, Interim Dean, College of Health & Human Sciences
Jane Adams-Dunford, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Kyle Thomson, Undergraduate Student, Student Government Association
Derrick Clayton, Undergraduate Student, Student Government Association
Rebecca Wolfe, Graduate Student, Graduate Student Association
Joel Setzer, Division Engineer, NC Department of Transportation
Mike Wade, Owner, Rabbit Ridge Apartments
Sarah Graham, Regional Planner, Southwestern Commission

Improving Technology

Charge: Our campus in the future will be more than bricks and mortar and, in that future, technology will be a critical concern.  WCU must deal with the trends in instructional technology and with the increasing demand on its overall technology infrastructure.  This group will deal with issues such as IT infrastructure, instructional delivery, emerging technologies for energy efficiency, etc.  Questions and areas that your task force will be asked to consider include:

  • How do we go about ensuring that current and future technology needs are addressed?
  • What emerging trends in instructional delivery can/can’t be accommodated by current technology?
  • As the number and sophistication of personal technology devices increase, how can the University ensure it can accommodate demand?
  • What impact will pedagogical changes have on technology needs?
  • How can the University leverage shared or collaborative technologies/services to address campus needs and maximize ROI?
  • How does the University take advantage of advancements in energy technology to control costs and improve sustainability?
  • What consideration do we need to give to ‘portability’ of technology?

Task force members should feel free to review this charge and narrow or enlarge it to suit what it believes to be the campus’ needs. 

Debbie Justice, Chair, IT Manager, Office of the CIO
Lee Nickles, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education & Allied Professions
Jason Foster, Operations/Systems Specialist, Kimmel School
James Busbin, Professor, Sales & Marketing
Mary Teslow, Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences
Mark Stoffan, Associate Professor/Dept. Head, Hunter Library
Laura Cruz, Director, Coulter Faculty Commons
Bobby Justice, Director of Systems/Procedures, Administration & Finance
Tony Miller, Associate Director, Distance Learning, Educational Outreach
Laura Huff, Public Communication Specialist, Advancement & External Affairs
Stephen Wilson, Networking Specialist, IT 
William Frady, Director, Instructional Tech/Desktop Svcs, IT 
Bryant Barnett, Business Officer, Residential Living
Alisha Lambert, Undergraduate Student, Student Government Association

Creating a Sustainable Campus

Charge:  A sustainable campus is one that is focused on stewardship of resources as well as one that recognizes and preserves the notion that the entire campus, including undeveloped areas such as woods and waterways, serve as academic laboratories.  This group will deals with issues such as energy and conservation, the environment, building and campus design, materials management, green space preservation, etc. Questions and areas that your task force will be asked to consider include:

  • How do we balance growth of the campus populations, expansion of facilities, and sustainability?
  • How can the campus buildings and grounds be used to champion sustainability?
  • How do you protect and preserve campus green space, woods, and waterways for use as academic laboratories and outdoor recreation?
  • What campus design standards need to be adopted to address sustainability?
  • How does the University develop and monitor partnerships with vendors and contractors that meet and promote campus goals for sustainability?
  • What types of partnerships can be created to serve the students, faculty, and staff as well the communities of WNC and the State of North Carolina?

Task force members should feel free to review this charge and narrow or enlarge it to suit what it believes to be the campus’ needs. 

Joe Walker, Chair, Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management
Galen May, University Architect, Facilities Management
Lauren Bishop, Engineer, Facilities Management
Laura DeWald, Professor, Environmental Sciences
Bob Carton, Department Head, Entrepreneurship
Yong-Han Anh, Assistant Professor, Construction Management
Mardy Ashe, Director, Career Services
Jenna White, Graduate Student, Graduate Student Association
Katie Plemmons, Undergraduate Student, Student Government Association
Fred Alexander, District Manager for Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy
Tim Chapman, Business Officer, Residential Living
Shauna Sage, Director, Campus Recreation
Todd Littrell, Senior Food Service Director, Aramark Dining Services

Integrating Community and Preserving Campus Heritage

Charge:  WCU recognizes that the Cullowhee Valley has a vibrant community and a rich and significant cultural heritage and history.  This task force will review issues related to WCU’s campus and the future development of Cullowhee, integration of adjacent businesses/property, preservation of cultural heritage sites on campus, community partnerships, etc. Questions and areas that your task force will be asked to consider include:

  • What are the important considerations for encouraging partnerships for the provision of facilities and services to campus?
  • How can the master plan foster increased University-community partnerships to support future campus growth?
  • What steps can the University take to ensure that cultural heritage sites on campus are preserved and maintained?
  • How can the University best support the future development of Cullowhee and the communities surrounding the campus?
  • How do we preserve and enhance the surrounding communities?

Task force members should feel free to review this charge and narrow or enlarge it to suit what it believes to be the campus’ needs. 

Jane Eastman, Chair, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
Marty Ramsey, Director, Alumni Affairs
Brian Railsback, Dean, Honors College
Brian Kloeppel, Associate Dean, Graduate School
Roger Turk, Bld.&Env. Svcs. Manager, Facilities
Stefanie Conley, Director of Corporate Sponsorships, Athletics
Kristina Hargett, Graduate Student, Graduate Student Association
Julie Spiro, Executive Director, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
Gerald Green, Chief Planning Officer, Jackson County NC Department of Planning
Paige Roberson, Town Manager, Town of Sylva
Charlie Myers, Associate Director, Cherokee Preservation Foundation Trust
Scott Philyaw, Director, Mountain Heritage Center
Lane Perry, Director, Service Learning
Roseanna Belt, Director, Cherokee Studies
Rick Bennett, Community Member, Cullowhee Revitalization Effort (CuRvE)

Ensuring Safety and Security

Charge:  The future development of the WCU campus must strive to incorporate best practices in campus safety and security in future plans.  Accordingly, this group will address emergency preparedness, emergency response communications, business continuity, IT disaster recovery, coordination with external agencies, safety technologies and policies, etc.  Questions and areas that your task force will be asked to consider include:

  • How can the University best incorporate issues of safety and security in planning for new buildings or renovation of existing buildings?
  • What equipment and technology resources are necessary to secure the campus and ensure business continuity and disaster recovery?
  • What will be the impact of steps taken to ensure safety and security on campus employees, students, and visitors?
  • What physical security design standards should be included in new building plans and in renovation and repair plans?
  • How should WCU partner with external agencies to ensure campus safety and security?
  • How will the physical layout of the campus affect communication response systems and coordination?
  • How should the University balance access to space and equipment in buildings and the need to mitigate risk?

Task force members should feel free to review this charge and narrow or enlarge it to suit what it believes to be the campus’ needs. 

AJ Grube, Chair, Department Head, Business Administration, Law, & Sport Management
Steve Lillard, Assistant Chief, University Police
Tammi Hudson, Director, Emergency Services
Walter Turner, Director, Student Judicial Affairs
Dan Berk, Associate CIO, Information Technology
John Maddy, Director, Safety/Risk Management
Pam Buchanan, Director, Student Health Services
Denise Wilfong, Associate Professor, Emergency Medical Care
Diana Catley, HR Consultant, Human Resources
Daniel Riddell, Undergraduate Student, Student Governmment Association
Tim Green, Chief, Cullowhee Valley Volunteer Fire Department
Steve Rice, Executive Director, WestCare EMS
Shea Browning, Associate General, Counsel Legal Counsel
Wes Bintz, Research & Operations Manager, College of Arts & Sciences
Mistie Bibbee, Associate Director, Residential Living


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