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.
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 problem solving in all shapes, forms, and mediums.
Phillip Chester Phillip is the graphic designer for COPLAC and a senior at UNC Asheville majoring in New Media with a concentration in interactive media. When he's not designing a logo or website he enjoys playing music or watching sports.