Board of Trustees

The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees is a thirteen-member body that promotes the development of the institution within the functions prescribed by the UNC Board of Governors. The Board serves as advisor to the Board of Governors on matters pertaining to the University and also serves as advisor to the Chancellor concerning the management and development of Appalachian. The powers and duties of the Board of Trustees are primarily defined and delegated by the Board of Governors.

Individuals are appointed to four-year terms by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the UNC Board of Governors. Included as a voting member of the Board is the President of Appalachian's Student Government Association. The President of Appalachian's Alumni Council, and Chairs of the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate serve as ex officio constituency representatives to the Board.

Board members

  • James M. Barnes

    Term: 2023

  • John M. Blackburn

    Term: 2023

  • J. Jeffries Chesson

    Term: 2025

  • Fairley Bell Cook

    Term: 2025

  • Bailey K. Gardin

    SGA Representative

  • James E. Harris

    Term: 2025

  • Scott K. Lampe

    Term: 2025

  • James K. Reaves

    Term: 2023

  • Mark E. Ricks
    (Vice Chair)

    Term: 2023

  • E. Bonnie Schaefer

    Term: 2025

  • Kimberly M. Shepherd

    Term: 2023

  • R. Thomas Sofield (Secretary)

    Term: 2023

  • Steven D. Wyatt

    Term: 2025

Board of Trustees Contact

Constituency representatives

  • Louis B. Gallien

    Chair of Faculty Senate

  • Clint Coffey

    Chair of Staff Senate

  • Sara D'Ambrosio

    President of Alumni Council

Scheduled meetings

Watch Past Meetings

September 24, 2021 Board of Trustees meeting

September 24, 2021 Audit and Business Affaris Committee meetings

June 17-18, 2021 Board of Trustees meeting

December 4, 2020 - Appeals Committee Board of Trustees Meeting

Meeting minutes

Minutes are posted after being approved at the next Board meeting.