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

  • Friday, June 17, 2022

    Good morning and welcome to our beautiful Boone campus! We have a gorgeous summer day outside and a lovely weekend ahead. I hope you will be able to get outside.

    I’d like to begin by extending a special welcome to our newest board member: 
    Anita Greene. With a background in mechanical engineering, Anita is an entrepreneur and owner of Artisanal Restaurant in Banner Elk and Peppervine in Charlotte, and she brings significant business experience to this board.

    Also, we are welcoming Quson Brown, who is our student Trustee. Congratulations on your appointments to the Board — I look forward to working more closely with you both, and thank you in advance for your service.

    Thank you, also to Sarah-Davis Cagle, our newest constituency member. Sarah-Davis became Chair of App State’s Staff Senate earlier this week. 

    When this board met in March, we had national searches underway for the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations (formerly Business Affairs), Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Audit Officer positions. I am pleased to report each of those searches has been filled, and the new appointees are with us here today.

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022

    Good afternoon, and thank you for the opportunity to join your meeting today to share some key university updates.

    Before I begin, I would like to thank Clint for his service over the last year, and welcome Sarah-Davis into her new role as Chair. Thank you both for your continued commitment to excellence and for your representation of App State’s fabulous staff members.

    While many students and faculty take a break over the summer months, you all are working harder than ever. I appreciate and value your work — thank you!

    In the last few weeks, we have completed three national searches, and hired:

    • Dan Layzell, our new Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations. Dan begins in his role at App State on Aug. 15, and will run the Division of Finance and Operations, formerly known as Business Affairs;

    • Jamie Parson, who has done an extraordinary job in the position of Interim Chief Diversity Officer, has been named to the position permanently; and

    • Jennifer Myers was hired to fill the position of Chief Audit Officer. Jennifer works within the new Division of Institutional Integrity, led by General Counsel Paul Meggett.

    As shared by Jamie Parson, this week, the university will commemorate Juneteenth with programming that includes a Unity Vigil honoring the victims and survivors of recent mass shooting events and a “lunch and learn” event with Rodney Dawson, the education curator at the Greensboro History Museum. I hope you will join this first universitywide commemoration of Juneteenth, and I appreciate the work of the many staff who are ensuring the university’s recognition of this important day in our nation’s history.

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    Dear Members of the App State Community,

    I am pleased to announce that after a national search, I have named Dr. Dan Layzell to the position of Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations, effective August 15.

    Dan currently serves as Vice President, Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He brings a career of nearly three decades in higher education and a decade of policy and legislative experience to this role, as well as classroom experience as teaching faculty.

    As Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations, formerly known as Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs, Dan will be responsible for administrative oversight of finance and administration, campus services, facilities management and human resources.

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