Business North Carolina magazine included Chancellor Kelli R. Brown of Western Carolina
University in its Power List 2022 of the state’s most influential leaders in a variety
The recognition comes in the current issue now on newsstands. The magazine made selections
based on interviews with business and community members, research and reader suggestions,
for candidates in categories for education, health care, economic development, finance
“Western Carolina University is the hallmark of academic experience and student success,
and we are poised for continued success well into the future,” said Brown. “I appreciate
Business North Carolina for putting me among such vaulted company and immediately
look to the faculty, staff and university partners who helped place me there.”
Brown is the first permanent female chancellor of WCU, taking office in 2019. She
has garnered attention for making the top priorities for the university as academic
excellence and quality, economic development and regional engagement, and campus diversity
and inclusive excellence. Business North Carolina noted that since her arrival, there’s
been a continued student-centered focus and innovation in teaching.
Brown holds a doctorate in education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale;
a master of science and education in public health degree and bachelor of science
degree, both from the University of Toledo in Ohio; and an associate in applied sciences
degree in dental hygiene from Michael J. Owens Technical College in Toledo.
Other notables on the Power List 2022 with WCU connections are Peter ansHans, president
of the University of North Carolina System, and Terry Hutchens, a managing partner
of Hutchens Law and member of the UNC Board of Governors and its liaison with WCU.
Business North Carolina is a Charlotte-based monthly publication with print and online
editions, along with daily newsletters.