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, as well as public relations assistance. 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. She also works for the interdisciplinary department as a student program assistant and for the Center for Diversity Education as a peace studies intern.
Chris is the webmaster for COPLAC and a senior at UNC Asheville majoring in Computer Science. Originally from Seattle, WA, he moved to Asheville after a tour in the Army. Chris is always excited to be updating and maintaining the COPLAC website.