Chancellor's Cabinet

  • Dr. Sheri Everts

    Dr. Sheri 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.

    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.

  • Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris
    Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

    Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris was named Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor on Feb. 10, 2020. She joined Appalachian in 2003 as a faculty member in the Walker College of Business Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance. She was named assistant dean for undergraduate programs in 2005, associate dean for undergraduate programs and administration in 2008, senior associate dean in 2012, acting dean in 2014, and interim dean in 2015. In 2016, after a national search, she was named Dean of the Walker College of Business. Prior to her time at Appalachian, she served on the faculty at Bowling Green State University, the Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University. Norris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from James Madison University and a Masters and a PhD in Finance from Penn State University.

  • Mark D. Bachmeier
    Director of Human Resources

    Mark D. Bachmeier joined Appalachian as director of human resources in August 2014. He oversees a comprehensive human resources program that includes staff recruitment; wage and salary administration; benefits administration; employee relations; training and development programs; personnel policies; and human resources information systems. Bachmeier’s background includes serving as deputy labor commissioner/interim labor commissioner and commissioner of labor for the state of North Dakota. Prior to joining Appalachian, he held the positions of director of human resources and associate vice president/executive director for human relations strategy and operations and vice president for hospitality and support services at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Bachmeier holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Minot State University and a master’s degree in sociology from Indiana University.

  • Dr. Lee F. Ball Jr.
    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Dr. Lee F. Ball Jr. spent 14 years teaching sustainable building in Appalachian State University's Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment. His scholarly work focuses on sustainability leadership, sustainability literacy, the valuation of sustainability, biophilic/ecophilic design and change agency related to community engagement. He is also the co-chair and a founding member of Appalachian's Sustainability Council. Ball is an integral part of the university’s leadership and is involved with many decisions related to campus master planning and strategic planning. He is also active globally and has lead international programs to Peru, Columbia, Costa Rica and Australia. Ball is also heavily involved with numerous local and regional sustainability-focused organizations. He holds a doctorate in sustainability education, a master's degree in environmental education and a bachelor’s degree in natural science.

  • Jane M. Barghothi
    Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

    Jane M. Barghothi was appointed Vice Chancellor for Advancement in July 2020. Jane joined Appalachian State University in July 2019 as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Development. Prior to this role, Jane was the Executive Director of Development at the University of Georgia. She has also worked in fundraising roles at the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business and the University of Wyoming. Jane is a proud Appalachian State alum where she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. She also has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Carolina. Jane is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • J.J. Brown
    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

    J.J. Brown is Appalachian’s vice chancellor for student affairs. Previously, he served as the associate vice chancellor and dean of students for Student Development from 2010–17. Serving on other universitywide committees, Brown focuses on the challenges and support of today’s student in today’s complex learning environment. Prior to coming to Appalachian in 2010, Brown served for nine years as an associate dean of students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication and master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee.

  • Matthew T. Dockham
    Director of External Affairs and Community Relations

    Matthew T. Dockham joined Appalachian State University in February 2016 as the director of external affairs and community relations. Dockham’s primary responsibility is fostering, supporting and expanding the university’s relationships with state, regional and local governmental and nongovernmental organizations in order to strengthen the university and its ability to deliver educational, service and research programs. Prior to his role at Appalachian, Dockham served as director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs for the Department of Environmental Quality (formerly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dockham served almost six years in increasingly responsible legislative support roles for former U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick and three years as legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Dockham holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest University.

  • Dr. Willie C. Fleming ’80 ’84
    Chief Diversity Officer

    Dr. Willie C. Fleming joined Appalachian as chief diversity officer (CDO) in May 2016. He is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the university’s efforts to strengthen diversity. Additionally, he provides vision, leadership, coordination and strategic planning for the design and implementation of a universitywide initiative to ensure diversity, equity and respect for all faculty, staff and students. In addition to his CDO duties, Fleming dedicates one-quarter of his time to providing counseling for students. Fleming has held prior positions at Appalachian, including the role of former minority student advisor, and was professor of psychology and counseling at Gardner-Webb University. He holds a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of South Carolina, as well as a Master of Arts in counselor education and a Bachelor of Arts in art education from Appalachian.

  • Henry T. “Hank” Foreman ’95
    Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

    Hank Foreman was named vice chancellor and chief of staff for Appalachian State University in 2017. He oversees the areas of University Communications, Arts Engagement (An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts), the Holmes Convocation Center, the Office of Sustainability, the Small Business and Technology Development Center and External Affairs and Community Relations. As the principal aide to the chancellor, he is the liaison to the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors, Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and community and university constituencies. Additionally, he assists in providing leadership and direction for institutional initiatives, special projects, critical, time-sensitive decisions, and policy development. Foreman has worked at Appalachian since 1993. He has held the positions of acting chief of staff, senior associate vice chancellor, special assistant to the chancellor for special initiatives, chief communications officer and founding director and chief curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Foreman is a first-generation college student who earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1986 and a master’s degree from Appalachian in 1995.

  • Paul Forte
    Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

    Paul Forte joined Appalachian as vice chancellor for business affairs in August 2016. Forte is responsible for administrative oversight of finance and administration, Physical Plant operations and the public safety and risk management office. Forte brings over 30 years of experience in accounting, budgeting, purchasing, risk management and financial operations in both the private and public sectors, in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Appalachian, Forte served as associate vice chancellor for finance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds an International Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree from Merrimack College.

  • Doug Gillin
    Director of Athletics

    Doug Gillin joined Appalachian as director of athletics in April 2015. He is responsible for all aspects of the university’s intercollegiate athletics program, including developing, implementing and managing the expectations and vision for the athletics program; marketing and promoting the athletics program; and fundraising in partnership with University Advancement. He represents the university in matters relating to athletics and ensures compliance of all athletics department employees with the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Sun Belt Conference and Title IX regulations. Prior to joining Appalachian, Gillin was deputy director of athletics at the University of Missouri and spent a decade in North Carolina in leadership roles with ISP Sports/IMG College. A former student-athlete, four-year letter winner and ice hockey team captain, Gillin holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis on sport management from State University of New York College at Cortland and a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from Ohio University.

  • Megan Hayes '97
    Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Communications Officer

    Megan Hayes serves as associate vice chancellor and chief communications officer for Appalachian State University. She has a background in marketing and public relations work with university, corporate, civic and government leaders, particularly as related to regional economic development, brand management and positioning in regional and national markets, college markets and the local tourism economy. Her skills and areas of expertise include brand management; crisis management and communication; developing and executing organizational marketing and communication plans; and team development and project management for maximum productivity, efficiency and employee morale. She manages the Appalachian State University communications team and the university’s content management and marketing strategies. She also hosts the university’s SoundAffect podcast. For 11 years, she has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Appalachian, and currently teaches a course in the university’s Department of Marketing. Hayes is accredited in public relations with the Public Relations Society of America and is certified in crisis communications and media crisis interview and response training. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Appalachian State University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

  • Tom Van Gilder ‘89, ‘98
    Interim Associate Vice Chancellor
    Chief Information Officer

    Tom Van Gilder assumed his role as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer in March 2021. Tom has served in various IT roles for Appalachian State for the past 23 years, including as the Director of IT Support, and the Director of Learning Technology Services for the Center for Academic Excellence, a position he held for the last five years. Tom and his team were instrumental in helping the university adapt and change to provide high quality online education for App State students during the pandemic.

    Tom has served as President of the UNC CAUSE organization, which brings IT personnel together from across the UNC System to share ideas and collaborate on various initiatives. He is a two-time App State graduate and holds a master’s degree in instructional technology.

  • Paul Meggett
    General Counsel

    Paul Meggett assumed his role as general counsel for Appalachian State University in June 2018. A former law professor and interim dean with the Charlotte School of Law, Meggett also served for 12 years in a dual, in-house counsel role as associate general counsel for the UNC Health Care System and assistant university counsel for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meggett is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and North Carolina State Bar. He is a member and former chair of the NCBA Legislative Advisory Committee and a current member of the NCBA Law School Liaison Committee. He also served a three-year term as chair of the NCBA Joint Diversity Task Force. Meggett served on the Issues-Outreach Subcommittee and the Issues-Demographics Subcommittee of the North Carolina State Bar and as a consultant to the South Carolina Bar concerning its diversity initiatives. Meggett holds a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, a B.S. degree from North Carolina State University and is also an alumnus of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.