Chancellor Sheri Everts

Dr. Sheri Everts joined Appalachian State University as its eighth leader in July 2014.

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.

A Rigorous Student Experience

At Appalachian, student learning and student success come from a challenging academic curriculum, active classroom environments and close collaboration between faculty members and students on scholarly activities. A strong emphasis on undergraduate research, international experiences, interdisciplinary connections and measurable learning outcomes that assess student progress are at the core of Appalachian’s academic activities.

Chancellor's messages

  • Monday, April 19, 2021

    Dear Members of our Campus Community,

    Nearly a year after the death of George Floyd, our nation awaits the verdict of the trial of Derek Chauvin for Floyd's murder. At the same time, we continue to grapple with multiple tragedies that disproportionately affect our Black, Brown, Asian, Native and other underrepresented populations. Bearing the burden of anguish, the gripping frustration and the responsibility to be part of a solution and a support system are responsibilities all of us in the App State community share. We hold a collective commitment to looking deeply at our institution and its history, practices and beliefs, and working to institutionalize equity and inclusion into the fabric of our university community.

  • Monday, March 29, 2021

    Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

    It is with personal regret but warm wishes that I announce Dr. Willie Fleming has shared with me that he will retire from App State effective June 1, 2021.

    Willie has held the position of Chief Diversity Officer since May 2016 – the first cabinet-level, Chief Diversity Officer position at App State. During this time, our university has benefited from his work with campus departments, committees and student organizations, as well as from the trainings he has conducted for more than 90% of the academic departments, and his leadership in developing the university’s Strategic Diversity Plan. Yet, as many on our campus know, his diversity and inclusion work at App State spans nearly 40 years.

  • Friday, March 26, 2021

    Good Afternoon,

    It has been more than a year since this board began meeting virtually to comply with COVID safety precautions. Four hundred and thirty-two days ago, campus planning discussions first started around COVID-19, and it has been 380 days since our Emergency Operation Center formally activated to coordinate our preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

    I cannot express how proud I am of the efforts of our staff, in particular, to help keep our campus safe and healthy, our operations running and our university strong and prepared for post-pandemic operations during the most challenging year in university history.

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