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Honors College Faculty & Staff

New Dean of The Honors College, Dr. Jill Granger

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jill Granger as the new Dean of The Honors College at Western Carolina University. She also will be joining the WCU faculty as a tenured, full professor of chemistry. Her previous position was associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Honors Program at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

She will be filling a vacancy created by the departure of Brian Railsback, founding dean of WCU’s Honors College. Railsback stepped down from the post at the end of the 2014-15 academic year to resume teaching, writing, and researching as a faculty member in the Department of English. 

“The Honors College, which provides a rigorous academic and social environment to more than 1,400 high-achieving students, is a signature academic unit and a significant point of pride for Western Carolina University,” Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar said. “Dr. Granger has the expertise, the experience, the enthusiasm and the energy to lead the Honors College and to guide the continuing success of this pillar of distinction.” 

Dean Jill Granger Jill Granger Dean of the Honors College
Associate Dean April Tallant April Tallant Associate Dean of the Honors College
 Emily Sharpe, Director of Honors Advising Emily Sharpe Director of Honors and Pre-Professional Advising          
Colin Townsend, Honors Advisor Colin Townsend Honors Advisor
 Crystal Snover, Executive Assistant Crystal Snover Executive Assistant


Brian Railsback, Founding Dean of The Honors College

Dr. Brian Railsback was the founding Dean of The Honors College in 1997. He resigned to be Department Head of English in 2000, and was called back to The Honors College as dean in 2004. He retired as dean in the summer of 2015, to once again return to the English faculty. His presence will be sorely missed at The Honors College, but we are happy that he will still be just across the quad. We here at The Honors College would like to thank him for all that he has done for the students of The Honors College and for the entire Western Carolina University community.


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