Dr. Sheri N. Everts
Dr. Sheri N. Everts joined Appalachian State University as its eighth leader in July 2014. Previously, she had been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Illinois State University since 2008.
A Nebraska native who attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse, Everts graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in English instruction and secondary education. After teaching middle school and high school English in Kansas and Nebraska, she returned to UNL, where she earned a master’s degree in literacy education and English (1991) and a doctorate in administration, curriculum and instruction (1994).
Everts began her higher education career in 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Rising through the academic and administrative ranks at UNO, she was named assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in 2000, promoted to associate vice president in 2003, and named interim senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in 2006. She served in that interim capacity until June 30, 2008, when she left Nebraska to become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Illinois State University and also served as interim president at ISU.
Under Everts’ leadership, Appalachian continues to distinguish itself as a leader in sustainability and has welcomed an increasingly more diverse community of students and faculty/staff. The annual Appalachian Energy Summit brings together some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies and practices – and has resulted in more than $499 million in avoided utility costs (or almost 9 billion pounds of CO2-equivalent emissions) since it began in 2012. In 2015, Everts traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in a White House summit and receive a national Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, a national nonprofit agency, and the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools. In 2017, she returned to the nation’s capital to participate with Appalachian faculty and staff in a series of U.S. Senate-level bipartisan discussions around issues and initiatives impacting the 13-state Appalachia region. In 2016 and 2017, Appalachian’s solar vehicle team competed in the Formula Sun Grand Prix, an international collegiate endurance competition that sets the standards for and tests the limits of solar vehicle technology – taking third and second place, respectively.
Chancellor Everts’ priorities for moving forward as a campus community include:
- Articulating the ways Appalachian defines sustainability,
- Increasing the diversity of our student, faculty and staff populations,
- Improving wellness, health and safety for our campus community,
- Integrating global learning into and beyond our classrooms,
- Supporting faculty and staff,
- Providing innovative and creative opportunities for our students to engage in and showcase their research,
- Emphasizing the significance of the difference we can make in communities here and across the world through civic engagement,
- Securing the necessary resources to energize and sustain these strategic initiatives and support our world-class faculty, staff and students, and,
- Maintaining a focus on slow and steady enrollment growth.