The Executive Committee of WCU’s Board of Trustees has approved an acting vice chancellor for Administration and Finance, to replace Dr. C.J. Carter, who is retiring.
Mr. George “Chuck” Wooten has been appointed as the acting vice chancellor effective January 1, 2001. WCU has recommended him formally to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and they will vote on whether to approve the appointment when the board meets in January.
Carter, who has been at WCU for 23 years, is retiring at the end of December, and a search committee headed by Dr. Richard Collings, vice chancellor of academic affairs, was given the task of finding a successor a few months ago.
The nationwide search was narrowed to three candidates, from which Wooten was chosen. He graduated from WCU in 1973 with a BS in business administration and began working for the university nearly 20 years ago as controller. He has been the associate vice chancellor for business affairs for the past six years.
The Business Affairs division is being renamed Administration and Finance to fit with modern times, according to Carter.
The Administration and Finance division is responsible for handling all the funds that go through the university, as well as all of the university’s business services, such as vending, food services, and university police.
Carter expressed satisfaction at the committee’s choice. “Mr. Wooten and I have worked together for many years, and I know him to be an exceedingly capable business officer and strongly committed to Western Carolina University,” said Carter. “I am very pleased that he is expected to be my successor here, and I have every confidence that he will just do a splendid job for the university.”