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Mike Byers appointed vice chancellor at Western Carolina University

Photo of Mike ByersAfter nearly two decades of leadership and service at UNCG, Mike Byers, associate vice chancellor for business affairs, has accepted an appointment as vice chancellor for administration and finance at Western Carolina University.

Byers will continue in his current role through Thursday, Dec. 4.

“Playing a role in helping build and sustain our university has been a great honor,” Byers said. “I value relationships, because they help us all do our best work. Whether it’s folks across campus or across town, I’m going to miss those relationships.”

Chancellor Linda Brady said Byers has made many contributions to UNCG. In particular, he played an integral role in the university’s current and future success as he played an instrumental role in the expansion of the campus to Lee Street and the development of Spartan Village.

“This university would not be where we are today without Mike’s outstanding leadership. He has always looked to the future and how to position UNCG to meet the needs of the next generation of students.”

Byers joined the administration at UNCG in 1995 as associate director of housing and residence life, moving up to become director of auxiliary services in 1999. He was named the institution’s assistant vice chancellor for business affairs and auxiliary services in 2005, a position he held until assuming his current role in 2009.

As associate vice chancellor for business affairs, Byers has overseen a variety of university business and auxiliary enterprises, including the Capital Facilities Foundation, community relations, property acquisition and leasing, purchasing, parking and transportation, the campus identification card office, warehouse and postal services, as well as dining, bookstore, vending and printing operations.

For Byers, the appointment at WCU marks a return to the Cullowhee area, where he grew up and family members still reside.

“This is an opportunity for a welcome homecoming,” he said.