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 and Public Relations VP for the Zeta Tau Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta.
Ryan is the current Webmaster at COPLAC, and is a native of Asheville, NC. He is currently seeking undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from UNC Asheville and is expected to graduate Fall, 2015. He also works as a Student Assistant at the Parsons Math Lab which is hosted by the UNC Asheville department of Mathematics. He enjoys learning and helping others learn the art of problem solving.