Lynn M. Morton is the eighth person and the first woman to hold the title of president at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. She takes on her new role in July after more than 25 years at Queens University of Charlotte, which is where she currently holds the title of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Inauguration of Lynn M. Morton, Ph.D.

Eighth President of Warren Wilson College

May 12, 2018

Event Information

Schedule of Events

Community Picnic – 11:00 AM, Formal Gardens

Inauguration Ceremony – 2:00 PM, Sunderland Lawn

Register here.


Directions to campus

Take Exit 55 (East Asheville), turn left at the traffic light, and go under the interstate. Bear right at the intersection traffic light (intersection with US-70/Tunnel Road) onto US-70. Drive 1.5 miles until you reach the next traffic light and turn left onto Warren Wilson Road. Travel about 1.5 miles until you reach the campus.

Take Exit 59 (Swannanoa), bear right at the exit and drive to the traffic light at the intersection with US-70. Turn left and go approximately 2 miles until you reach the second traffic light. Turn right onto Warren Wilson Road and travel about 1.5 miles until you reach the campus.

Take Interstate 26 West to I-40 East and then follow the instructions from I-40 West of Asheville.

The campus proper has two main entrances, marked as the South and North Entrances. The core campus and the site of the inauguration are between these two entrances.



Continue past the South and North Entrances and take your first right into the primary parking area on campus behind Kittredge Theater, located at 701 Warren Wilson College Road. Additional parking will be available at the National Wiper Alliance, located at 875 Warren Wilson College Road. Parking will be marked and shuttles available from both lots. If you plan to attend the ceremony only, please schedule your arrival to park for no later than 1:30 pm so that you will be sure to arrive at the ceremony site on time.

See the campus map here.


Inclement Weather Plan

If inclement weather occurs, Inauguration events will be held in the locations below. Please check this space on Saturday, May 12 by 8 am for inclement weather updates.  

Inclement Weather: Community Picnic Lunch

Gladfelter Cafeteria, located at the South end of campus – see campus map here.

Inclement Weather: Inauguration Ceremony

Warren Wilson College Chapel, located at 101 Chapel Drive across Warren Wilson Road from central campus.


Event Accessibility

Please contact Madeline Wadley at or 828.771.2092 if you require accessibility assistance in the following areas:

Hard of Hearing WWC will reserve seating for best sound during the Inauguration Ceremony

Deaf – WWC will reserve seating in clear sight of the ASL interpreter

Mobility – WWC will provide an accessible parking pass. Parking will be close to the Inauguration Ceremony location. Accessible seating will also be available at the ceremony location. Shuttles available upon request.

Please contact Madeline Wadley at 828.771.2092 or with any questions. Please be prepared for inclement weather; most events will be held outdoors.



Suggested Hotel Accommodations

Days Inn  – Biltmore East 1435 Tunnel Road

(800) 225-3297, (828) 298-4000

Quality Inn & Suites – Biltmore East 1430 Tunnel Road

(866) 899-8039, (828) 298-5519

Motel 6  – 1415 Tunnel Road

(800) 466-8356, (828) 299-3040

Hampton Inn – 304 Tunnel Road

(800) 426-7866, (828) 255-9220

Courtyard by Marriott 1 – Buckstone Place

(888) 236-2427, (828) 281-0041

Greybeard Rentals

Use Code WWC when renting and Warren Wilson receives a $50 donation for each referral.

(828) 669-1072



Warren Wilson College Presidents

Warren Wilson has had eight presidents since becoming a college in 1942.

Arthur M. Bannerman 1942 – 1971
Reuben A. Holden 1971 – 1986
John J. Carey 1986 – 1988
Alfred O. Canon 1988 – 1991
Douglas M. Orr Jr. 1991 – 2006
William S. Pfeiffer 2006 – 2012
Steven L. Solnick 2012 – 2017
Lynn M. Morton 2017 –