Bill is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in early modern English history. He served as Dean of Humanities at UNC Asheville from 2002-2008 and has been a faculty member in history since 1988, serving as chair from 1998-2001. He has been involved with COPLAC since 2001 and was appointed full-time director in March 2009.
Claire, Program Associate at COPLAC, is a native of Asheville, NC. She has a degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University with minors in English and Outdoor Leadership. She has worked for the National Park Service and the Biltmore Estate and is currently affiliated with the Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site in downtown Asheville.
Emma supports COPLAC through web based research and writing, communication efforts and social media management. She is an interdisciplinary student at UNC Asheville expected to graduate in May of 2016 with an individualized degree in mass communication, new media and music. Emma is also the Senior Class Board President.
Michael is the current Webmaster at COPLAC, and is originally from Stanhope, New Jersey. He is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and New Media from UNC Asheville, with plans to graduate Spring, 2017. With emphases in Computer Systems, for Computer Science, and Interactive Design, for New Media, he enjoys to learn code and new ways to use it.