Our Mission: UNC Asheville Housing and Residence Life strives to continuously transform our residential areas into active, connected communities that feel like home for our students. Our staff in Governors Hall work together as one innovative and responsive team of professionals who encourage students to pursue academic excellence, personal growth, leadership, and responsibility. We provide every residential student with a safe, clean, and comfortable living and learning environment. We maximize the enjoyment of living and the excitement of learning here through our staff, our facilities, our amenities, and our service.

Our Vision: Housing and Residence Life will facilitate a student experience where residents feel safe and comfortable, know their housing options so they can choose the fit that’s right for them, develop healthy peer relationships, and experience a sense of belonging. The University’s values of diversity and inclusion, innovation, and sustainability will be evident in our assessment of the student experience.

At a Glance


Best College Dorms in North Carolina

-Niche’s 2023 Best Colleges in America


Best Quality of Life

-The Princeton Review


First-year Undergraduates Who Live on Campus


Minutes From Downtown Using Free Public Transit

Meet Our Staff


Vollie Barnwell

Vollie Barnwell

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Email: vbarnwel@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6700
Office: 270 Governors Hall
Tara Hopkins

Tara Hopkins

Associate Director of Housing

Email: thopkins@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6700
Office: 283 Governors Hall
Scott patrick

Scott Patrick

Business Services Coordinator

Email: spatric1@unca.edu
Phone: 828.232.5095
Office: 278 Governors Hall

Morgan Rizer

Office Manager

Email: mrizer@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.2370
Office: 282 Governors Hall
Robert Littrell

Robert Littrell

Assistant Director of Operations

Email: rllittre@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6700
Office: 270 Governors Hall

Randy Wilburn

Associate Director of Facilities

Email: rwilburn@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6898
Office: 173 Governors Hall


Residence Life

Dylan Lawing

Dylan Lawing

Director of Residence Life

Email: dlawing@unca.edu
Phone: 828.250.2371
Office: 277 Governors Hall
Resharia Keller

Resharia Keller

Area Director for Mills Hall

Email: rkeller1@unca.edu
Phone: 828.250.2372
Office: 200D Mills Hall
Grace Bergt

Grace Bergt

Area Director for Founders Hall and the Woods

Email: gbergt@unca.edu
Phone: 828.232.2881
Office: 200A Willow Hall
Christine Garst

Christine Garst

Area Director for Governors Hall and The Village

Email: cgarst@unca.edu
Phone: 828.250.3861
Office: 219 Governors Hall
Christopher Hanhan

Christopher Hanhan

Area Director for Ponder Hall and The Ridges

Email: chanhan@unca.edu
Phone: 828.232.5034
Office: 126 Ponder Hall
Kerstan Nealy

Kerstan Nealy

Graduate Community Director for The Ridges

Email: knealy@unca.edu

Xelena Filpo

Graduate Community Director for Founders Hall

Email: xsantiag@unca.edu
Phone:  828.255.7054
Office: 238 Founders Hall

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