1.0.0 WWC Mission and Community Governance

The Mission of Warren Wilson College is to provide a distinctive undergraduate and graduate liberal arts education. Our undergraduate education combines academics, work, and service in a learning community committed to environmental responsibility, cross-cultural understanding, and the common good. Read about the College’s Core Values, Enduring Institutional Objectives, and Vision.

1.1.0 Governance Structure

The governance structure of Warren Wilson College shall consist of the Board of Trustees, the President, the Forum, the Caucus, and College Policy Committees.  This governance structure is augmented by planning task forces and advisory groups.

1.2.0 Board of Trustees

The Bylaws of the College state that the College shall be governed by a Board of Trustees which shall be “responsible for establishing policy and overseeing the management of the institution.”  Although it may delegate certain authority to the President, the Board of Trustees has the final responsibility for the determination of policy for the College, the purpose and basic mission of the College, the management of the assets of the College, and the development of the physical plant, its land, and buildings.

1.3.0 President 

Steve Solnick, President
Rowena Pomeroy, Administrative Assistant
Ext. 2070, Ogg 200

The President of the College shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.  The President shall be responsible to the Board of Trustees and shall serve as its executive officer in matters relating to the operation of the College. Specific duties shall include:

1.4.0 President’s Advisory Council (PAC)

Vice President of Academic Affairs / Dean of the College:
Paula Garrett, Laursen, Ext. 2083
Vice President for Administration & Finance/Chief Sustainability Official:
Allan Russell (interim), Ogg, Ext. 2056
Vice President for Advancement:
Richard Blomgren, Ext. 2042 Orr Cottage
Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing:
Dawn Medley, Ext. 2073 Orr Cottage
Dean of Students:
Paul C. Perrine, Dodge House, Ext. 3800
Dean of Work:
Ian Robertson, Log Cabin, Ext. 3019
Dean of Service:
Cathy Kramer, Ransom House, Ext. 3775

The members of the President’s Advisory Council and the senior administrative staff, report directly to the President.  Each has responsibility for one area of the College.  They act as an advisory body to the President.

1.5.0 The Forum


1.5.1 Membership

The Forum consists of six voting faculty and six voting staff plus a nonvoting staff convener and a nonvoting faculty convener. The Forum determines the process for choosing representatives and conveners from the faculty and staff respectively, as well as for faculty and staff election of non-voting liaison members to College Policy Committees.

1.5.2 Meetings

The Forum shall meet at least monthly and, in the spirit of transparency, in meetings open to the College community.

1.5.3 Responsibility

1.6.0 Student Caucus


1.6.1 Membership

The Caucus consists of those members of the student body who are identified by the Caucus procedures as voting members.

1.6.2 Meetings

In the spirit of transparency, meetings of the Caucus will be open to the College community.

1.6.3 Responsibility

Every member of the student body is a member of the Student Caucus. Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 6:15pm in Lower Gladfelter. At the meetings, facilitated by the Co-Conveners, Caucus discusses on-campus issues, disseminates information and provides students an outlet for expressing their concerns.  All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In Warren Wilson College’s Community Governance Structure, Student Caucus may consider and make recommendations for changes to college policy in the following areas: general philosophy and direction of the College, student discipline, student housing, student activities, intercollegiate athletics, Work Program, Service-Learning Program and the academic calendar.  It is easy to become a voting member and information is available in the Caucus office. Various campus committees have elected membership; look for election notices the beginning and end of each semester or stop by the Student Caucus office and ask a Co-Convener. All students are welcome in the Student Caucus office.

1.7.0 College Policy Committees

1.7.1 Establishment

Each Vice President or Dean will establish at least a single committee to review and recommend Policy in their area of responsibility.  Vice Presidents and Deans may establish other advisory committees.  In addition, the Forum and Caucus may create committees to manage their internal business.  The President may establish ad hoc committees as necessary.

1.7.2 Policy Committees

Academic Policy Committee (APC): The Academic Policy Committee is an expansion of the Chairs Committee.  The meetings are scheduled twice a semester, but the second meeting only occurs if any business remains from the first meeting of the semester.

Administrative Policy Group (APG): The Administrative Policy Group will meet in either Laursen or Ogg on an as-needed basis, to consider policy recommendations sent forward by the Human Resource Committee, the Building and Grounds Committee, the Technology Committee, as well as those developed by other committees or campus constituencies.

Big Marketing & Communications (BMC): A mix of individuals from across the campus who comment on and give direction to issues brought forth from the small group or from other constituencies within the College in regards to marketing and communication issues and policies. Membership is both elected and by the nature of their position at the College. BMC meets twice a semester in Gladfelter B.

Service Learning Advisory Committee (SLAC): SLAC meets every other Thursday from 8:00- 9:15 am.  SLAC examines and makes recommendations on policies and programs in service including both service learning (curricular) and co-curricular offerings.

Student Life Committee (SLC): The Student Life Committee reviews and makes recommendations on policies related to student life such as the student code of conduct, housing/residence life, and others that relate to the student life experience.  The committee actively seeks input and perspective from the student body regarding the policies under review. Student Life Committee generally meets at on Thursday’s in the Dodge Conference room.

Work Program Advisory Committee (WPAC): WPAC meets every Thursday of F2 weeks at 4:00pm in the WPO. WPAC helps generate and review policy and acts as a sounding board for innovation and direction of the Work Program. The WPAC also reviews and selects students for day student contracts and graduate internships. Guiding documents include the Strategic Plan and the Work Program Review.

1.7.3 Composition

Each constituency—faculty, staff, and students—will elect one respective representative to each College Policy Committee. In addition, the Forum and Caucus will appoint a member liaison to serve ex officio on each College Policy Committee. The Vice President or Dean may add other members, either as voting or ex officio members.

1.7.4 Procedures

Policy recommendations will normally be developed by and/or referred to one or more College Policy Committees.  Policies may also be established by the President when a situation requires immediate action.  Such policies should be reviewed through regular procedures as soon as possible.