Chancellor's Messages

  • Friday, March 31, 2017

    I am encouraged by our state leaders working together to repeal HB2, even as I am aware there are still concerns about the compromise bill, especially as voiced by members and advocates of our LGBTQIA community. I assure you Appalachian's commitment to equal access and opportunity for all of our students, faculty and staff remains steadfast.

  • Friday, March 24, 2017

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts’ message to the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

  • Monday, March 20, 2017

    I am pleased to announce that J.J. Brown has accepted my offer to serve as Appalachian’s vice chancellor for student development. This is good news for the entire Appalachian Community, which knows J.J. well – he has served with excellence and distinction as associate vice chancellor for student development and dean of students since 2010. He will begin his new position May 1.

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Diversity of thought, belief and community is a pillar of our strategic plan. Regardless of immigration or DACA status, the vice chancellors and I will continue to dedicate resources to ensure the safety and well-being of every member of the Appalachian Community.

  • Monday, January 30, 2017

    Our first priority has been to provide support and assistance to the members of our community who are directly impacted by the Executive Order. Academic Affairs and the Office of International Education and Development are working with these individuals and will continue to support all members of our academic community as needed.

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017

    As a reminder, please join Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Darrell Kruger, the vice chancellors and me for the second of two campus-wide, “town hall” style conversations held during the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Friday, January 27, 2017

    I am confident about what this new semester and new year hold for Appalachian, in large part because of your contributions. We have spent the past three years working hard as a community to advance many important initiatives. Initiatives, I am pleased to report, that are reflected in those of the UNC strategic plan. Your work – our work – which is rooted in a deep and lasting commitment to sustainability, supports every initiative in the system’s strategic plan.

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Please take a moment to read an important message from Dean of Students JJ Brown and Clery Act Compliance Coordinator Bill McGowan.

  • Monday, January 23, 2017

    As you may be aware, several local businesses and university buildings were vandalized with graffiti/spray paint over the weekend. Our University Police are working with the Boone Police to investigate the situation, and as new information becomes available, I will be sure you are kept apprised of progress in the investigation.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017

    It is a pleasure to see the campus re-energized after the winter break. I hope you are all renewed and ready to jump into what promises to be a spectacular semester. I extend a special welcome to the newest members of our Appalachian Community, those faculty, staff and students joining us for the first time.

  • Friday, December 16, 2016

    As we wind down 2016, there is much to celebrate!

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016

    This message provides an update on a recent change in the Office of the Chancellor.

  • Friday, December 9, 2016

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts’ message to the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    On October 5, 2016, I sent an email notifying you that all faculty and some staff are now designated as responsible employees under Title IX. In order to understand your reporting obligations and ensure all campus employees are aware of their rights under Title IX and the university’s workplace violence policy, all employees are required to complete the Haven online training module.

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016

    At the Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting, I introduced a new initiative named the Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program and shared that more information would soon be available. Providing more resources for Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff has been a chief priority for me. I am pleased to prioritize funding in support of innovative research and practice by faculty and staff throughout all disciplines and program areas on campus. The program supports thought leaders who are working creatively and entrepreneurially to: address challenges; create lasting institutional change; provide community and societal benefits; establish opportunities that increase student engagement with research, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship; and promote broad-based sustainability in the areas of economics, equity and the environment.

  • Monday, November 14, 2016

    Across our campus, in classrooms, on sidewalks, in the cafeteria and student union, members of our university community are processing a long and divisive election season, and considering how to move forward individually and as a nation.

    One thing is clear: we must move from focusing on what divides us to strengthening what unites us.

  • Monday, October 24, 2016

    The UNC system is actively soliciting feedback from the public during each phase of the strategic planning process, and will be conducting an open forum on our campus in the Plemmons Student Union Rooms 137 A-B (Calloway Peak/MacRae Peak) on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 2-4 p.m. Please plan to join me, along with representatives from UNC General Administration and the Board of Governors for this discussion.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    As North Carolina works to recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, I encourage you to remember our university commitment to sustainability, which includes service and support to our greater communities.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    Since fall 2014, nearly 900 faculty and staff have participated in a three hour face-to-face Interpersonal Violence Training. These members of the Appalachian community were in supervisory roles with employees or students and it is therefore essential they have the valuable information they need should someone turn to them for assistance.

  • Monday, October 3, 2016

    Below you will find a message from the UNC General Administration regarding the development of a new strategic plan for the UNC system. I encourage you to visit the strategic planning website, where you will find information about the timeline and process for implementing the strategic plan.

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Last week, the Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate passed resolutions in support of underrepresented students on our campus. Both bodies did so in response to recent incidents on campus related to chalking on sidewalks, including near-physical altercations and expressions of worry about possible physical attacks. These incidents raised questions about what the university can do to increase student safety.

  • Friday, September 23, 2016

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts’ message to the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016

    The hearts and minds of many of us are with friends, family members and colleagues from the Charlotte area, as the city struggles to navigate challenges that are far too common throughout our nation. Appalachian has a community of faculty, staff and students with close ties to the Charlotte/Mecklenburg area.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016

    As you may know, there were some chalked messages on campus that have caused concern and distress for many of our students, as well as our faculty and staff. There continues to be discussion about them on social media.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Following a national search, James Bandy has been named special assistant to the chancellor for athletics compliance. He will begin working at Appalachian State University on Sept. 19. Bandy will replace Jonathan Reeder, who is assuming a new role as interim senior associate athletic director.

  • Friday, August 26, 2016

    As we start a new year, I would like to reflect on accomplishments from the past year and acknowledge some exciting opportunities ahead.

  • Friday, August 12, 2016

    Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester. Move-in day is always so exciting! Today, we are expecting the arrival of about 3,100 new students to our campus. While we won’t have final numbers for a few weeks, we are anticipating the largest, most diverse class in Appalachian’s history. Please join me in welcoming the newest members of the Appalachian Community.

  • Friday, August 12, 2016

    This inaugural orientation event is a clear example of Appalachian’s commitment to strengthening support for student Veterans.

  • Friday, August 5, 2016

    Please join Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Darrell Kruger, the vice chancellors and me for two campus-wide, “town hall” style conversations that will take place during the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    It brings me great pride to recognize the dedicated advisors and students on Team Sunergy and to wish them well as they represent Appalachian at the Formula Sun Grand Prix in Pennsylvania.

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Recently more than 90 students from across the state and beyond visited our campus for the 5th Annual Energy Summit. It was our privilege to learn from them and be recharged by their enthusiasm and optimism. At Appalachian, we put students first, always, and together we are building a bright future. Ultimately, the reason Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff come to work every day is to realize this vision.

  • Monday, July 11, 2016

    We offer our deepest sympathies to the families, loved ones and communities touched by the deaths of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana and five police officers in Dallas. These tragic acts leave us heartbroken and navigating feelings of grief, anger and frustration. In the days following last week’s events, many of you have engaged the power of community to gather and support each other. During such challenging times, it is important for us all to know we are not alone. If you are struggling, please reach out for help.

  • Thursday, July 7, 2016

    At Appalachian, we promote a spirit of inclusion that inspires students, faculty and staff to form relationships well beyond graduation. Our students and alumni think critically and understand the responsibilities of community engagement.

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016

    I am pleased to announce that Paul Forte has accepted my offer to serve as vice chancellor for business affairs. Mr. Forte comes to Appalachian from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he is associate vice chancellor for finance. He will begin work on Appalachian's campus August 1.

  • Friday, June 24, 2016

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts’ opening message to the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    With the retirement of Vice Chancellor for Advancement Susan Pettyjohn at the end of June, I wanted to share with you some organizational changes within University Advancement and the Office of the Chancellor that build upon our staff expertise while producing a budget savings during this time of transition.

  • Friday, June 17, 2016

    Welcome to the first Message from the Chancellor as part of the alumni newsletter. These messages will provide another opportunity for me to share campus updates, news from events, and important information about special topics that will help ensure you, our engaged alumni, are part of the Appalachian conversation.

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    On Monday evening, more than 170 members of the university and High Country community gathered in the Solarium at Plemmons Student Union in remembrance of those whose lives were taken and endangered by the terrible tragedy in Orlando on Sunday, June 12.

  • Monday, June 13, 2016

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to those touched by the tragic shooting in Orlando this weekend. Our community mourns for those lost and we stand in solidarity with the families, the city of Orlando and the LGBTQ community to declare that hate will not win. While there is much strength found in the power of community to face tragedy, I encourage each of us to seek out the support needed to deal with such loss and grief.

  • Friday, May 13, 2016

    This month marks the end of our academic year and provides an opportunity for us to reflect and evaluate the progress on our diversity priorities. I thank this community for its dedication to moving forward to navigate the challenges we face together. As our campus addresses the repercussions of HB2, I continue to share my belief that university campuses should stand as beacons of acceptance and inclusion. I thank this community for joining me in working to ensure the protection of our diverse community and to value each individual within it.

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    I am writing to share that I am recovering quickly from my recent surgery and I am back at work. While no one wishes to deal with health issues, I was comfortable knowing that our good work continued and I extend appreciation to my colleagues for their support and assistance during this time. This note also brings my sincere thanks for all the well wishes I received from the Appalachian Community. Your support was greatly appreciated.

  • Monday, May 2, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that Human Resources, Academic Affairs and Counseling for Faculty and Staff have partnered with ComPsych® GuidanceResources® to provide all Appalachian State University faculty and staff an enhanced Employee Assistance Program. GuidanceResources services will provide you and your dependents confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. These services are available to you now and are provided at no charge to you.

  • Friday, April 15, 2016

    A campus message on April 12 declared that university campuses should stand as beacons of acceptance and inclusion. I am reaching out today to address what I see as a threat to that ideal.

  • Friday, April 15, 2016

    I wanted to let you know I am having surgery today. While my recovery is expected to last a few weeks, my focus and priority is the university. Therefore, I jumped at the chance to take advantage of a surgical cancellation so that I could have time to recover and be back for Spring Commencement. I am looking forward to moving ahead and putting this behind me.

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Monday morning I met with three students who represented the HB2 student protestors who are occupying the first floor in the Administration Building. They shared a list of concerns from the entire occupying group.

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Last Friday President Spellings spoke with members of the news media to clarify the steps she and the General Administration have taken since the March 23 passage of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2).

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    On March 29, our message to the community shared how UNC General Administration (GA) is working diligently to review and analyze House Bill 2 passed by the NC General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday, March 23. This legislation has raised many concerns for our community and we continue working closely with our colleagues in GA to better understand the implications for our campus.

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    With the passage of House Bill 2 by the North Carolina Legislature and its signing into law on Wednesday, March 23 by Governor Pat McCrory, many in our community are concerned about how it will affect individuals on our campus and across the state.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    North Carolinians have recognized the importance of support for education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure projects in 76 counties across our state as part of the Connect NC public improvement bond. As Chancellor of Appalachian State University, I recognize the many ways our state will benefit from this investment in one of the best education systems in the world.

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Chancellor Everts shares a New Year message with the Appalachian Community.

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    As the Fall Semester ends and we celebrate our December graduates, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends of Appalachian for your passion and dedication.

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015

    On August 21st an announcement was made about parking alternatives for the two Thursday night football games (October 22nd and November 5th).  I have listened to concerns from our community and we will be implementing additional parking options beginning with the October 22nd game.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to develop solutions to keep our campus operating efficiently.

  • Friday, October 2, 2015

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts’ remarks from Appalachian State University's Commemoration of Integration and Faces of Courage Award Ceremony – October 2, 2015.

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts shares a welcome message with members of the Appalachian State University campus at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Tonight, as we gather to remember and honor those whose lives were forever changed by interpersonal violence, we also walk together giving a symbolic voice of commitment to the work we must continue as a community.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015

    Last year at this time, I introduced myself, thanked you for all you do for our students, and mentioned that I would primarily spend my first year, listening. Some of you have been asking recently, what did you hear during your first year and what have you done with that information? So, with your permission, I’ll structure my remarks around those two questions.

  • Friday, August 21, 2015

    Last year’s move to the Sun Belt Conference brought increased visibility to our university and more opportunities for our student-athletes. This year also establishes some new campus traditions. On October 22 and November 5, 2015, Appalachian will host Thursday evening football games.

  • Monday, July 13, 2015

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts is pleased to announce that Debra Covington is joining the office in the role of Interim Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. Most recently, Covington served as Director of Marketing and Engagement for the Walker College of Business.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts has announced an organizational restructuring in several operating units that will be effective July 1. The restructuring takes into consideration the university’s substantial growth over the years and the complexity that has accompanied this growth. It also allocates responsibilities across administrative units more fitting for a university with over 18,000 students.

  • Friday, May 8, 2015

    The search for our next UNC system president is critical to the future of Appalachian, our system and our state. Your input is important in shaping the leadership profile of our next leader. Please review the included information about how you can participate and share your perspective.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    I am honored to serve as Appalachian’s seventh Chancellor and humbly accept the task entrusted to me by our students, faculty, staff, the UNC system and our state.

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    In May 2012, a university Interpersonal Violence Task Force was charged, and later that year they submitted a full report with recommendations for the 2012-13 academic year. With the acceptance and implementation of all recommendations in January 2014, the university’s Interpersonal Violence Council was established to continue: assembling and recording data; reviewing best practices in prevention, education, and services; and recommending short- and long-term strategies, practices, and policies regarding sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    I am pleased to announce that Dr. Darrell P. Kruger has accepted my offer to serve as provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University. Dr. Kruger comes to Appalachian from the University of New Orleans, where he is dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Last semester I requested the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity develop specific, actionable plans to recruit - and retain - students, faculty and staff of color to our campus. I am pleased to inform you the commission is finalizing new recommendations that add to earlier recommended action steps. There has been much good work done and I commend the commission for its efforts.

  • Thursday, February 5, 2015

    We have experienced many tragedies this academic year, and the loss of students last semester and this semester has been very hard on our entire community. The loss of student life is something we would like to address specifically. There has been much discussion in the media and on social media about numbers and causes of recent student deaths. Speculation has led to assumptions and generated many questions, so while Appalachian does not typically release the cause of death in individual cases involving students, we want to share the following in order to ensure our community is accurately informed.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    The news we received last night about the death of one of our students saddens me deeply. This was a devastating announcement for all of us, and I want to emphasize that there is no evidence to suggest any threat to the university community.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Please take a moment to watch this short video. I know you will enjoy hearing from some of our newest alumni! Please have a safe and happy end to 2014, and here’s to a terrific new year!

  • Monday, December 8, 2014

    College campuses across the nation, and in North Carolina in particular, were instrumental to the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago. America’s youth, particularly college students, forced our nation to face ugly truths and begin the process of reconciling them. It is fitting that college campuses continue to be a significant and important part of holding our nation accountable for institutionalized racism and acts of violence and injustice.

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    The health and safety of our students remains a top priority at Appalachian; it is critical that our students have a safe and secure environment within which to live and learn. While many resources have been in place to help maintain the safety of our students, I would like to share with you some additional measures we have put in place this semester to provide even greater support.

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    At Appalachian, our students are engaging in multiple and varied experiences – both at home and abroad – to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions and cultures, improve their intercultural skills and demonstrate global citizenship.

  • Friday, November 14, 2014

    Yesterday, we received the tragic news that Appalachian State University student Jeremy A. Sprinkle, an 18-year-old freshman from Kernersville, was found deceased in his campus residence hall Thursday morning. The official cause of death has not yet been determined; however, foul play is not suspected and there is no evidence to suggest there is any threat to the university community.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    It is with great sadness that I reach out to you about the death of student Jeremy A. Sprinkle. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Jeremy’s family, loved ones and friends. At this difficult time, it is imperative that we join together in care and concern as we mourn his loss. Our community can and must share the message that no one needs to be alone when navigating difficult times. If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out.

  • Friday, November 7, 2014

    Congratulations on a successful Campaign for Appalachian! We are approximately $2 million away from reaching the $200 million goal. Faculty and staff have contributed more than $5 million and volunteered many hours to help our students and campus, and you should be proud of what we have accomplished.

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Current events have focused attention on global health concerns. You can rest assured that our campus is participating with many key public health agencies to provide thoughtful and excellent health care and community safety for the university community.

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Last week I announced the committee members for the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor search. I thank these representatives from across our campus community for their dedication and willingness to serve.

  • Friday, October 10, 2014

    I am pleased to announce the search committee for the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. The following members of our community have graciously agreed to serve...

  • Monday, September 15, 2014

    I want you to know that the safety and well-being of our students is my top priority.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014

    Over the past several days, we have faced significant challenges on our campus.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014

    I am deeply saddened to share with you that the search for our missing student Anna Marie Smith has ended tragically.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts comments on Saturday’s report from Boone Police Department

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    The Appalachian community has been shaken that one of our own, student Anna M. Smith, is missing and possibly in danger. We are focusing our thoughts on Anna and her family, and working toward her safe return.

  • Monday, September 8, 2014

    Since our student Anna Smith was reported missing on September 3rd, there has been an outpouring of care and concern from the Appalachian community. All of our hearts go out to Anna’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Good Evening. Thank you for the opportunity to share a few thoughts on this important occasion. Tonight we remember and honor those whose lives have been forever changed by interpersonal violence. We stand together here in the darkness to shine a bright and revealing light on this troubling blight on society and, sadly, our community.

  • Friday, August 29, 2014

    On August 15, 2014, I shared the news that Charlie Cobb had stepped down as Appalachian’s director of athletics to join the athletics program at Georgia State University. I promised to update you as more information was available, and I am pleased to announce the formation of the search committee.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Appalachian’s 26th annual university convocation will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the George M. Holmes Convocation Center. This year’s distinguished speaker is Mr. Wayne Henderson, master luthier, musician and the inspiration for the 2014 Common Reading Program selection Clapton’s Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument by Allen St. John.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014

    Good morning! Thank you for being here on such a gorgeous day. This is a busy time for faculty and staff and I suspect you have an item or two you could be addressing in your offices or within your divisions, so it means a great deal to me that you are here. I appreciate this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you and thank you for all you do each and every day for our students.

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

    It is with mixed emotions I share with you that Charlie Cobb has accepted the position of Director of Athletics for Georgia State University beginning this fall. While I wish Charlie the best in his new endeavor, his leadership and collegiality will be missed at Appalachian.

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Today (August 7, 2014), Governor Pat McCrory signed the budget approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month. While we are still in the very early stages of understanding exactly what this will mean for our campus, I wanted to share with you some of the things we know at this time.

  • Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Appalachian State University has a long history as a leader in student health and safety within our system, state and region. In August 2013, President Tom Ross launched the UNC Campus Security Initiative. I commend Appalachian’s leadership on this important work and support this collaboration with our UNC colleagues as we continue strengthening the policies, procedures and resources in place to keep our students safer and support them in times of crisis.

  • Monday, July 28, 2014

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts addresses participants in the third annual Appalachian Energy Summit at Appalachian State University.

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    As Appalachian Athletics begins its first day in the Sun Belt Conference, I join you in supporting our student-athletes. That is exactly what they are – students first – who also show the amazing dedication and work ethic to participate in their sport at the college level. I thank them for the commitment to education and their dedication to their sport.

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    On her first day in office, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts shared this message with students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and leadership boards at Appalachian State University.