CULLOWHE, N.C. -- Western Carolina professor Dr. David Claxton and Christy Wyatt, a counselor/substance use specialist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), have been named to the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team, it was announced on Thursday by the league office.
Claxton has served in higher education for more than 40 years and is a lifelong physical educator. A professor at Western Carolina since 1996 and the head of WCU's Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, Claxton has served in varied leadership roles as a professional, including as president of the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and on the board of directors of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education. He currently serves as the assistant to the dean for development in the College of Education and Allied Professions. He will retire after the spring semester in 2017.
Wyatt is a counselor/substance use specialist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Western Carolina, where she has worked since the fall of 2012. One of Wyatt's passions is to help students who are in recovery from drugs, alcohol and other addictive behaviors thrive at WCU. Since starting her position at Western, she attained a grant to start a Collegiate Recovery Program supporting this marginalized group of students and over the past three years, she has advocated at local and regional levels to bring attention to their needs. Part of Wyatt's role at CAPS is providing clinical mental health services to Western Carolina students who experience anxiety, stress, depression and other mental health issues. Additionally, Wyatt supervises master's students who are enrolled in the Social Work, Counseling, Psychology and Higher Ed Student Affairs programs.
While the selections were left up to each institution's discretion, the recipients all shared the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members selected should have a proven record of high scholastic achievement among students and/or recognition for a research project or written academic piece, while staff members could be from the instructional/teaching ranks or the non-instructional ranks and should be recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.
The inaugural team consisted of just faculty members, but the team was expanded this year to include staff, as well, doubling the number of recipients of the honor.
The Citadel's Melanie Maddox and Sally Keltner; ETSU's Dr. Andrea "Andi" Clements and Stefanie Murphy; Furman's Sandy Roberson and Rob Carson; Mercer's Dr. Laura Lackey and Emily French; UNCG's Dr. Jerry Walsh and Dr. Brett Carter; Samford's Dr. Robert Hensarling and Michelle Durban; Chattanooga's Dr. Gretchen Potts and Lisa Tarr; VMI's Col. W.G. "Grigg" Mullen Jr. and Lance M. Fujiwara; Western Carolina's Dr. David Claxton and Christy Wyatt; and Wofford's Dr. Nancy M. Williams and Dr. Phillip Stone comprise the all-league faculty and staff team.
Each member of the All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team will be presented a plaque and honored at a home basketball game at his or her institution.