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Pfeiffer names new associate vice president for academic affairs

Alan_Belcher_-webDr. Alan Belcher (pictured right) has been named associate vice president for academic affairs at Pfeiffer University. Belcher, who held a similar role at the University of Charleston, in Charleston, W. Va., began his new duties on Aug. 2 and will report directly to Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“This position is a new one, and I am excited about Dr. Belcher's recent appointment and look forward to working alongside him to expand our efforts to promote faculty success,” said Espy. “His leadership, accomplishments, academic experiences, and commitment to faculty excellence and inclusion have prepared him well for this important new role.”

In his new position, Belcher will assist the provost with operational oversight of the Graduate Studies division and will collaborate with program directors on curriculum, recruitment and enrollment of students and other academic concerns of the graduate studies area.  He will work with academic affairs, and other administrative offices in developing, maintaining and conducting effective assessment activities. Belcher will also work in partnership with the provost to assist all areas of the university in preparation for regional and national accreditation, and serve as chair for the university-wide planning committee.  The associate vice president for academic affairs serves as a senior member of the Dean's Council.

Belcher began his career as a teacher in the Kanawha County Schools in West Virginia. A short time later, he joined the faculty at the University of Charleston as an assistant and then an associate professor. During his more than two decade tenure at the University of Charleston, Belcher has served in numerous administrative capacities, including program director, faculty coordinator, registrar, director of institutional research and vice president of student services. Most recently, he served as assistant dean of the graduate school of business and as associate to the provost for curriculum and technology.

His extensive scholarly contributions to the fields of assessment and outcomes, changing campus culture and distance education have been presented in various settings and publications.

Belcher earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in secondary education and education administration, respectively, from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. He earned a second master's degree in information systems from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, Institute, W. Va., and a Ph.D. from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.


Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 806-0802

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