Dr. John Sherlock Congratulates Mark Lee '11
Western Carolina University's May 2011 Graduation


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HR Program Alumni

Thanks for visiting. We'd like to encourage you and your fellow human resources alumni to stay in touch and to support the on-going work of the University. 

To stay in touch with fellow alumni be sure to "like" our Facebook page and join the WCU MSHR Linkedin Group to help you stay connected.

To learn more about how you or your organization can help establish a MSHR program development fund, please contact Dr. John Sherlock at

If you or your organization are interested in hosting a WCU MSHR student field experience intern please contact Dr. John Sherlock at

Jennifer Gappens

While in her 5th semester in our MSHR program, Jennifer Gappens was offered an HR Advisor role with a major U.S. leader in the global sports media business. "I am now working with seasoned HR professionals and gaining tremendous insight on strategic HR initiatives.  ​I am very grateful for this internship with a great company!”, Gappens says.

She plans on graduating with her MSHR degree in December 2015.

Congratulations, Jennifer!




 “Choosing the Western Carolina MSHR program was one of the smartest decisions I have made. TheAngela Wagner, 2012 MSHR graduateMSHR program is run by friendly, supportive, and accessible professors who challenged and inspired me. They gave me the theoretical and practical skills necessary to become competitive in the field of Human Resources and the confidence to conquer the PHR certification. A unique benefit of the distance-learning platform is that it attracts working professionals. Having the opportunity to network and have daily interaction with other HR professionals while working toward your degree is invaluable. Finally, the consulting projects really bring the coursework to life. Not only are you able to gain valuable research and writing experience, but you also have the opportunity to use your education and expertise to benefit local organizations.” 

Angela Wagner, PHR, is currently the Human Resources Director at AllCare Clinical Associates in Asheville, NC.  She graduated the MSHR program in December 2012.


Alex Hall, MSHR AlumniIn Spring 2015, the College of Education and Allied Professions awarded program alumnus Alex Hall the "Peak Performer" award in recognition of his continued engagement with the HR program, including the pro bono consulting work he facilitated throughout his enrollment at WCU.

"The MSHR program has provided me with the tools and knowledge needed to advance my credibility in my own company and understand technically and strategically the field of human resources.

Effective September 29th, Alex Hall accepted the role of Program Manager on the Selection & Assessment team. Alex will provide program and project management support for capability assessments, behavioral Interviewing and capability frameworks.  Prior to joining Talent Management Practice, Alex completed the HR Development Program with rotations in the HR Support Center, Corporate Learning & Development and Liberty International. In his previous rotations, Alex was responsible for deploying a tuition reimbursement system, implementation of an Insurance Fundamentals curriculum, lean virtual huddle boards and talent tools and analysis for Liberty International. Alex received his BSBA from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in HR from Western Carolina University. "

 Alex Hall, Summer 2014 graduate


Brad Wallace, MSHR Graduate

"The knowledge and real-world business insight I gained through the MSHR program allowed me to join a fantastic organization at Dollar General. With hard work, it's given me the opportunity to be promoted to lead HR in our new Bethel, PA Distribution Center in just over one year. I could not have achieved this without my MSHR."

                                                                       Brad Wallace, 2011 graduate

Deidre Harper, MSHR Graduate"Western Carolina's MSHR program is a hidden gem that everyone whose passionate about Human Resources should know about. I've learned and experienced a vast array from the graduate program through lectures, case studies, real life hands on experiences, and through various group projects. I personally believe that the icing on the cake is that they've been recognized for their curriculum by SHRM. "

Deidre Harper, 2012 graduate

 "The Master's of Science in Human Resources program has not only given me the foundation toJonathan Rice, May 2014 HR Graduate succeed my current HR position, but has also provided me the theories and philosophies to drive my future professional development."

                                                                                               Jonathan Rice,
Spring 2014 graduate



For additional information about WCU Alumni, please check out the Alumni page. Here you will find helpful information about annual giving, career services, the Catamount Club, and the Western Carolinian Newspaper.


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