Chancellor's Messages

  • Friday, December 8, 2023

    Thank you, Chair Ricks, and good afternoon, everyone!

    With one week until December Commencement, we’re looking ahead to App’s 125th birthday, as we reflect on an incredible 124th year.

    But before I begin my remarks today, I would like to acknowledge the passing of Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock in October.

    As Chancellor of our university for 10 years, from 2004 to 2014, Ken established the university as a leader in undergraduate research, grew our academic enterprise significantly in the areas of health care, establishing the College of Health Sciences, opened a new building for the Reich College of Education, led significant growth in the nexus of energy, the environment and economics, and moved our athletics programs to the Sun Belt Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision, all while growing enrollment and solidifying our reputation as a national leader in undergraduate education.

  • Friday, September 29, 2023

    Thank you, Acting Chair Ricks, and good afternoon!

    It's hard to believe it's nearly October already! It's been a very busy beginning to the semester, and I thank you all for the many events you have joined us for since the semester began just over a month ago.

    The first day of classes represents new beginnings for students, faculty and staff, and it's always full of promise and excitement.

  • Friday, September 22, 2023

    Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

    Budget news from Raleigh is once again, excellent for App State, and we extend our sincere thanks to our legislators for securing important appropriations specifically for our Boone and Hickory campuses, as well as key compensation increases for university employees.

  • Friday, September 15, 2023

    Good afternoon and welcome!

    Thank you to those who are joining us today in person, as well as to the faculty, staff and students who are joining via livestream from the Hickory campus.

    The annual State of the University Address is an important opportunity for us to come together as a university community as I share a review of some of the issues we are facing as an institution, along with key accomplishments and plans for the coming year.

  • Thursday, September 7, 2023

    Today, we celebrate App State’s one-hundred and twenty-four-year legacy of educational leadership and those who shaped it into the institution it has become.

    It is a privilege to join you on this beautiful morning, here on Founders Plaza, as we celebrate our sixth Founders Day and carry on the tradition of honoring our founders — B.B. Dougherty, D.D. Dougherty and Lillie Shull Dougherty.

  • Monday, August 28, 2023
    The hearts of the entire App State Community are with UNC-Chapel Hill. We offer our heartfelt condolences and support during this difficult time. If you need support resources, or if you know of anyone who does, please see the resources below, which are available for our students, as well as for faculty and staff and their families:
  • Monday, August 21, 2023

    Good morning and welcome to the first day of classes on the Hickory campus of Appalachian State University!

    I am App State's chancellor, Sheri Everts. What an exciting day! I am absolutely thrilled to be here with you today as we open this beautiful campus to its very first students for the first time — you only get to do this once, folks! And I'm so glad you are all here!

  • Monday, August 21, 2023

    Chancellor Sheri Everts shares a welcome message to students, faculty and staff on the first day of classes for the 2023-24 academic year.

  • Friday, June 23, 2023

    Good afternoon.

    Before I begin my remarks, I’d like to welcome Representative Ray Pickett, of the North Carolina General Assembly. Representative Pickett, thank you for joining us today.

    I’d also like to welcome J.P. Neri, our new Student Government President into his new role on the Trustees. J.P. is a junior history major and Chancellor’s Scholar from Raleigh, whose original hometown is Guadalajara, Mexico. J.P., congratulations and welcome to the board.

    This is a photo of us during College GameDay last year. J.P. shared this photo he took of the two of us after I gave him an App State blanket for his overnight camp out!

  • Friday, April 28, 2023

    Good morning and welcome to App State's annual campus budget presentations.

    Thank you for joining us today. We are glad to return to an in-person format for these presentations.

    Today, you will hear about the university's major goals and accomplishments over the last year, as well as budget priorities for the coming year.

  • Friday, March 24, 2023

    Good afternoon.

    This week students returned from Spring Break, and the second half of the semester is underway. Commencement is only seven weeks from today.

    As our soon-to-be graduates prepare for commencement, soon-to-be-students are on campus today, interviewing for our signature scholarships. All are looking ahead to the promise that awaits them as each App State Experience begins or takes them to their next step. 

  • Friday, December 2, 2022

    Good afternoon and welcome to the first App State Board of Trustees meeting on our Hickory Campus! I'm thrilled that the App State Hickory Campus now comes right up on Google Maps when you search for it! On behalf of the entire university community, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to each of you. I am thrilled to host you here today and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, which has led to our being in this location today. Thank you very much.

  • Friday, September 16, 2022

    Good morning and welcome to a very exciting weekend on App State’s Boone campus!

    Sunday night, I returned from College Station, Texas, after our football team won a tremendously important game for App State, beating Texas A&M, who was, at the time, ranked sixth in the nation. This week, College GameDay, ESPN’s popular college football pregame show, is broadcasting from App State’s campus for the very first time.

  • Monday, September 12, 2022

    Good afternoon.

    It is my pleasure to address this group today. The beginning of the academic year is always an exciting time full of promise, and I know we are all looking forward to the year ahead.

  • Friday, August 26, 2022

    Good afternoon, and thank you, Provost.

    I appreciate the opportunity to speak to all of you and provide an update on the state of the university during this first convening of faculty and staff for the academic year.

  • Monday, August 22, 2022

    Chancellor Sheri Everts shares a welcome message to students, faculty and staff on the first day of classes for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    Dear Members of the App State Community,

    I am pleased to announce that after a national search, I have named Jamie Parson to the position of Chief Diversity Officer, effective immediately.

    In the last year, since I appointed Jamie Interim Chief Diversity Officer, she has led many important diversity, equity and inclusion accomplishments for App State. Her work has included promoting transparency in policies and expectations, continuing to enhance the university’s evaluative methods, disaggregating data to assist with making data-driven decisions, advancing professional development and networking opportunities, and partnering with numerous individuals and units across the university to implement unit-level and campuswide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Thank you, Louis, and good afternoon. I'm pleased to join you for your final meeting of the 2021-22 academic year and share a university update.

    This Senate diligently serves as the instrument through which the App State faculty considers and acts on university matters, and I appreciate your dedication to this important work. The end of the academic year is often a time for reflection, and I encourage you to take this opportunity to celebrate your many successes. Thank you for all you do for our students.

  • Friday, March 25, 2022

    Thank you so much for being here!

    Welcome to the groundbreaking for the Innovation District! I'd like to extend a very special welcome to the members of the General Assembly who made it possible for us to break ground on the long-envisioned project:

    • Senator Deanna Ballard;
    • Senator Ralph Hise;
    • Representative Kelly Hastings;
    • Representative Jason Saine; and
    • Representative Ray Pickett.

    Thank you all so much.

  • Friday, March 25, 2022

    Good morning. There is much to report today, and I appreciate your indulgence as I share some of the incredible progress and success we have had so far this year.

    Today marks the 800th day since we first began planning, preparing and responding to COVID.  I am so proud of how our staff, faculty and students came together as a community to persevere. Together we managed the most significant crisis our university has ever faced. While we certainly didn’t all agree at all times, we kept our focus on making data-driven decisions and our goal — always — was to do what was best for our students.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022

    Prior to Spring Break, I announced that UNC System leadership is preparing to update and refresh the current System strategic plan, Higher Expectations. You can read an overview of the process and timeline here. System leadership is seeking input from each campus. They are asking faculty, staff and students to review the current plan and provide feedback.

  • Friday, February 4, 2022

    Good afternoon, and thank you Provost Norris. While the agenda for the Spring Faculty and Staff meeting does not typically include remarks from me, I appreciate the opportunity to share an update with faculty and staff in today’s important setting.

    We enter 2022 with many exciting accomplishments underway, and much to anticipate in the coming weeks and months.

  • Friday, December 3, 2021

    Good morning. On behalf of the entire university community, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to you, Madam Chair, in your new role as Board of Trustees Chair, and offer my thanks to you for your leadership.

    We began this semester with the continuing care and concern associated with gathering for a full campus experience during a global pandemic.

  • Friday, November 19, 2021

    Good afternoon.

    I am Sheri Everts, Chancellor of Appalachian State University, and I am thrilled to welcome each of you here today, to announce Appalachian State University's Hickory campus.

  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

    Budget news from Raleigh looks promising as the North Carolina legislature has a final two-year budget bill moving through the General Assembly and Governor Cooper has announced he will sign it into law. We expect to have a State budget by the end of the week. There is much to celebrate in this budget, and it represents an incredible amount of work on behalf of our legislators and our Governor.

  • Monday, October 25, 2021
    I am sure many of you have heard of President Biden’s recent vaccine mandate associated with federal contracts. Like our higher ed colleagues in North Carolina and across the country, we are reviewing the guidance and its implications for our employees.
  • Friday, October 8, 2021

    Good afternoon.

    Thank you for the opportunity to address you this afternoon. While this meeting is taking place a bit later in the year than is typical, I always look forward to the opportunity to provide you with a university update.

  • Friday, September 24, 2021

    Good afternoon, and thank you, Chair Lampe, for your leadership of this Board.

    I’d like to begin my remarks today by acknowledging the contributions of former Chancellor John Thomas, who passed away at the beginning of the month. Chancellor Thomas was a beloved member of our campus community who served as chancellor of App State from 1979–1993. He championed the importance of teaching and research going hand-in-hand, and his legacy of innovation and service will remain a central aspect of our campus culture for generations to come. Those who were fortunate to know him remember him as kind, thoughtful and community-focused. He was my trusted mentor and dear friend, and he will forever occupy a special place in my heart and in the heart of our campus community.

  • Monday, September 13, 2021

    Good afternoon, and thank you, Louis.

    I’d like to begin by thanking you for your collaborative leadership and partnership, which began within minutes of your election as the new Faculty Senate Chair.

    Thank you, also, for the invitation to speak today. As I look back to a year ago, it seems like it has been much longer than 365 days.

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021

    Thank you, Lee, for your leadership of this great team. Please join me in thanking Lee.

    Thank you all so much for being here. I am thrilled to see so many folks show up to congratulate, recognize and thank this amazing group of people.

  • Friday, June 18, 2021

    It has been a productive two days and I know we have all enjoyed being together with more in-person meeting interaction than this board has had since December of 2019. I appreciate your continued dedication to App State, and share your excitement as the COVID-19 vaccine is offering us the ability to move into a post-pandemic reality.

  • Friday, May 7, 2021

    Dear Members of the App State Community,

    I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris will assume the role of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, effective immediately.

    Since February of 2020, Heather has served in this role in an interim capacity, and her leadership throughout the pandemic has been exceptional. She has risen to each challenge, building consensus, leading by example and fostering innovation and creative solutions under immensely difficult circumstances.

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021

    Dear Members of the App State Community,

    I am pleased to announce that Jamie Parson has agreed to serve as Interim Chief Diversity Officer, beginning May 10, 2021.

    Jamie’s leadership with diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at App State is well-known, and she is widely respected on our campus and nationally. Jamie has consistently built diversity, equity and inclusion work into her research, scholarship and service. Jamie will begin in her new role prior to Dr. Willie Fleming’s June 1 retirement. I appreciate her willingness to take on this cabinet-level position at this time so the important work we have underway continues seamlessly.

  • Friday, April 30, 2021
    Wednesday’s tragic incident that took the lives of two courageous Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies and two App State alumni has shocked and saddened the Appalachian Community. Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox died in the line of duty, willingly risking their own safety to protect others. Michelle Wilson Ligon ’94 and George Ligon ’86 were well known and active participants in both the App State and Boone communities. We mourn these terrible losses.
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Good afternoon, and thank you, Michael.

    I’d like to begin by thanking all of you who have made it a priority to share your input on the search for the university’s next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. I’ve met with the Deans, the Council of Chairs, and with several key stakeholder groups, including representatives from this Senate, to hear your thoughts. Your perspectives on past searches and the process for moving forward have been very helpful, so thank you. I’m continuing to hold these meetings, and will keep you informed.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Dear Members of our Campus Community,

    With the announcement of the Derek Chauvin verdict, please remember there are spaces set up for you to react and process the trial’s outcome. In addition to the resources we shared yesterday:

  • 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.

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021

    Good afternoon. I always look forward to sharing university updates with this hard-working and enthusiastic group. 

    I am also pleased that Scott Lampe, the chair of our Board of Trustees, is able to join us today. You will hear from him shortly. Thank you for being here, Chair Lampe!

    I want to begin by thanking everyone who supported iBackAPP Day last week. Our Vice Chancellor for University Advancement reports this was our most successful iBackApp day yet!  We generated nearly $250,000, with more than 2,350 donors. Countless more Mountaineers showed their support by wearing black and gold and by sharing their pride and love for App State on social media. I saw many of the departments here today join in this important day for the university. Thank you! 

  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    Today, Gov. Cooper announced North Carolina is moving fully into Group 3 of the State’s vaccine priority plan, meaning all Group 3 frontline essential workers are eligible to be vaccinated as of Wednesday, March 3.

  • Friday, February 5, 2021

    This afternoon, I was pleased to have the opportunity to share with our faculty and staff at their spring meeting some important campus updates — including a partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital to develop a 4-year online program for Licensed Veterinary Technicians, a budget update from Vice Chancellor Forte and the status of our Child Development Center expansion project.

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021

    At the annual High Country Economic Kickoff event, hosted by the Boone and Blowing Rock chambers of commerce, Chancellor Everts provided insights into App State's ongoing COVID-19 response as well as the university's goals and priorities for the upcoming year.

  • Friday, December 4, 2020

    Good afternoon.

    A week from today, we will celebrate our second virtual commencement. I know we are all looking forward to a time when we will be able to celebrate this ultimate commemoration of our students’ academic achievement in person again. Our December graduates have earned one of the most significant achievements of their lifetimes under historically challenging circumstances: two consecutive semesters overshadowed by a global pandemic unlike anything the world has seen in more than a century.

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents, and Families,

    It is with the deepest sadness that I share with you that one of our students, Chad Dorrill, has died.

    The hearts of the entire Appalachian Community are with Chad’s family and loved ones during this profoundly difficult and painful time. Tributes shared by friends and loved ones show the positive impact Chad had on the communities he loved and called home, which included App State and Boone .

  • Friday, September 25, 2020

    Good morning and welcome to our board members and to Governor Byers, who are joining us in the room today as well as those who are joining via Zoom.

    I’d like to begin by thanking Chair Blackburn for his exceptional leadership of this board during an extraordinary two years for App State. John, thank you for your dedication to our students, faculty and staff. I believe I can speak for everyone present when I say our appreciation of your dedication, service and leadership will continue long beyond your chairmanship of this board. Thank you.

    I’d also like to recognize and thank Rob Gelber and his AppTV team for broadcasting today’s meeting. Our students are gaining important, real-world experience with today’s live broadcast, and I really appreciate their work, and Rob’s leadership.

    It is anything but a typical September in Boone, but I am very pleased to say we do have students on campus making the very best out of their extraordinary challenges. 

  • Monday, September 21, 2020

    As I reflect on my comments to you at this time a year ago, it is hard to fathom how much has changed since last September.

    I want to begin by saying thank you to our faculty.

    We are in day two-hundred-and-thirty-seven of campus planning for COVID-19, and day one-hundred-ninety-nine of formal coordinated preparedness, response and recovery efforts. In my weekly messages, as well as the weekly operations updates, we share with campus and the families of our students the latest information about our continued campus response, planning and recovery efforts. 

    Each week of the Fall 2020 semester we complete is a significant accomplishment. Since March, we have re-envisioned, re-imagined and re-defined the university experience at App State. In the last six months, we have had to re-create what took those who came before us more than 120 years to develop. This effort has been nothing short of superhuman for both our staff and our faculty.

  • Friday, September 4, 2020

    As I reflect on my comments to you at this time a year ago, it is hard to fathom how much has changed since last September.

    I want to begin by saying thank you to our faculty and staff.

    Each week of the Fall 2020 semester we complete is a significant accomplishment. Since March, we have re-envisioned, re-imagined and re-defined the university experience at App State. In the last six months, we have had to re-create what took those who came before us more than 120 years to develop. This effort has been nothing short of superhuman for our staff and our faculty.


  • Monday, August 17, 2020

    As you have likely heard, this afternoon, UNC-Chapel Hill announced their campus will shift all undergraduate instruction to remote learning on Wednesday. This decision was made by the UNC System in consultation with UNC-Chapel Hill leadership, following a significant increase of COVID-19 infection clusters within that campus community during the first week of classes. This decision applies to UNC-Chapel Hill only.

    We are in constant communications with UNC System officials, as well as our local public health experts, to monitor conditions on our campus, and there are no immediate plans to change our course delivery methods at App State.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Dear Members of the Faculty,

    Over the past few days, we have heard from many of you– in the form of several Faculty Senate resolutions as well as in response to the direct messages to faculty and the broad-based messages sent to campus. Please know we appreciate your passion about the myriad issues you have raised with us as well as your messages of support. We also appreciate and understand the concerns you have shared with us.

  • Friday, June 26, 2020

    My March update to this board took place two weeks after we were forced by the global COVID-19 pandemic to make an abrupt move from teaching a majority of our classes face-to-face to teaching all of them online. Since that time, we completed the Spring 2020 semester, provided a flexible grading policy as an option for those students who suffered the most significant disruption and held a virtual commencement for more than 3,600 graduates that was virtually attended by a record-setting 27,000+ people from all 50 states.

  • Monday, June 1, 2020

    I pledge continued, critical resources to the many areas across campus that are coming together and helping our community chart a path for continued change. We are becoming a stronger, more mindful, and more inclusive community of people who, individually and together, can make real and powerful changes in communities well beyond our campus.


  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    We are nearing the end of our academic year — a year that has been much different than we could have ever anticipated. The end-of-year pressures are certainly exacerbated by our present circumstances, and I greatly appreciate the support you have provided to your students, as well as the many messages you have sent to faculty, staff, my leadership team and me, expressing your support during these unprecedented times. Thank you so much.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2020

    Each evening, my grandson and I have been feeding the campus ducks on behalf of our absent students and it causes me to reflect on how members of the Appalachian Community everywhere are coping as they make minor and major adjustments in their daily lives.

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Thank you for your many expressions of understanding and encouragement as we work to protect the health and safety of our students and continue to advance our academic mission. It seems nearly each day brings new updates associated with COVID-19.

  • Monday, March 30, 2020

    As we begin our second week of the strange “new normal” that has moved us online and put more physical distance among us than ever before in the history of our institution, I want you to know I recognize and appreciate the work you have done, and continue to do, to carry forward your teaching, research and service.

  • Friday, March 27, 2020

    As I give this report, I am deeply saddened by the circumstances in which we find ourselves. While we regularly train for numerous crises and disasters, the reality of leading our university through an extended global pandemic sets in with significant gravity at unexpected times throughout the process. We are simultaneously planning for every conceivable scenario, responding to each new circumstance, and learning to anticipate every eventuality as the ground continues to shift beneath our feet.

  • Friday, March 13, 2020

    Mountaineer resiliency is in full force as the university community rallies to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. Across our campus, faculty, staff and students are exhibiting tremendous ingenuity, determination and resourcefulness as we pull together to safeguard and protect our community. I am sure you are experiencing your own challenges and our concern and best wishes are with you.

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    Next week, App State students will put their time to a variety of uses during spring break: working, studying, participating in one of the university’s Alternative Service Experiences and visiting with family and friends. Our hope is they will return to their classes refreshed and ready to finish the semester strong. As our students prepare to travel for spring break, we encourage consideration of CDC and State Department guidance.

  • Friday, February 14, 2020

    Spring semester is now in its fifth week, and this is the point in the new year when many students tend to need more help balancing academic and personal demands. University leaders continually assess and refine our support services to ensure we are meeting current student needs and anticipating those that may arise.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020

    It’s always a pleasure to share our good news — your university continues to earn top accolades from independent sources. I'm excited, also, to share updates on construction and campus initiatives around inclusive excellence and climate action. I hope you will be inspired to visit your alma mater and see, firsthand, the changes taking shape on campus.

  • Monday, February 10, 2020

    Effective immediately, Dr. Darrell Kruger will step down from his position as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. For the remainder of the academic year, he will be assigned to special projects within the Chancellor’s division.

  • Monday, January 13, 2020

    This week, classes resumed, and Appalachian is ready for another successful semester. For our students, the achievements of our alumni serve as inspiration, showing them the broad applications of an Appalachian degree.

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Happy New Year, Mountaineers! Your support of Appalachian helped power many of our key moments in 2019 — from our Founders Day celebrations to the construction of a home for a local family in need. It was great to connect with you at signature events throughout the year, including on campus at Homecoming, and in many off-campus locations as well, including New Orleans, when the Mountaineers football team won its fifth straight bowl game. We appreciate all the ways you show your pride for Appalachian — on and off campus.

    Our university also loves to share your successes. Our more than 130,000 living alumni illustrate the infinite possibilities of an Appalachian education — from cooking with celebrities, to driving the future of sustainable automotive design, to illuminating stories on stage.

  • Friday, November 22, 2019

    It’s hard to believe the end of the Fall semester is a few short weeks away! We do expect a few exciting things to happen in the next three weeks

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Appalachian’s 2019 homecoming festivities welcomed alumni from near and far, and it was a delight to see so many of you reconnecting with classmates and professors and exploring our campus construction projects. Homecoming included the honoring of our Alumni Awards Winners, the presentation of a large donation from the Class of 1969 and the return of one of our most active alumni as a member of our leadership team.

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    Service experiences are one way we elevate a sense of community and purpose — and also help further develop our students’ critical problem-solving skills while affirming the value of “doing good.” Here are a few recent examples of our students gaining valuable experience while contributing to communities on and beyond our campus.

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    This fall, Appalachian welcomed our largest and most diverse class in university history and saw an increase in our retention rates, which continue to be well above the national average. These figures attest to the strong interest in an Appalachian education and the high-quality degree programs provided to your students by our dedicated faculty and staff.

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    Next week, Appalachian will welcome alumni for our annual homecoming celebrations. This is the perfect time to recognize the achievements of our alumni and showcase the construction progress that is underway — on time and on budget. Our university enjoys every opportunity to have alumni, like you, on campus to engage with current students and see why national publications continue to laud Appalachian.

  • Friday, September 13, 2019

    We are about a month into the Fall semester and much has already taken place. Today, I look forward to sharing how we are supporting our educational mission.

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Fall semester is in full swing and your students are settling into their classes, which are rigorous and designed to push them to think critically and creatively. The beginning of each semester is always a good time to remind students of the robust resources our university provides to help them succeed. These offerings - many of them guided by our stellar faculty - include early academic interventions, wellness and prevention services, financial aid assistance and career counseling, and contribute to Appalachian's impressive retention rate, which is well above the national average. We help students establish a foundation for success that lasts a lifetime.

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Fall semester is in full swing and we have complemented our rigorous academics with a full slate of events - from our second annual Founders Day earlier this month to the Homecoming festivities scheduled for October. Construction continues - on time and on budget - from the upgrade of Sanford Hall to the new parking deck, recently opened, and the quickly rising residence halls. Stay up to date on all the changes on the Appalachian's Future website. It is always a pleasure to hear stories of how our alumni - nearly 97,000 of whom reside in North Carolina - are using their Appalachian education to enhance their professions, elevate their communities and make real and powerful contributions.

  • Friday, September 6, 2019

    We are three weeks into the Fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year, and while it is still the beginning of the semester, it feels like we are well underway! Much has already taken place this semester.

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    The first weeks of a new academic year are filled with excitement, anticipation and possibility, as I am sure you well remember. Appalachian is alive with that fresh energy as students settle in and start the fall semester. I think our returning students will be amazed by the significant progress we made over the summer on our construction projects. These are great strides toward building infrastructure that supports our educational mission, and we look forward to showcasing our campus during Black and Gold Convocation, Founders Day and the full slate of events the new academic year will bring.

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Campus is bustling as we welcome new and returning students for the 2019–20 academic year. This is an exciting time, and an opportunity to reflect on the past that has brought us to where we are today. This year, we celebrate Appalachian’s 120-year legacy of innovation and educational leadership.

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Our alumni reflect Appalachian’s place as the premier, public undergraduate university in the state, and it is my pleasure to welcome all of you back to campus as often as possible. Where better to spend summer days than at 3,333 feet? I encourage you to engage with your alma mater this summer — meet the next generation of Mountaineers, see the extensive campus improvements underway or take in a show.

  • Monday, June 24, 2019

    The mountains of the High Country are especially lovely throughout the summer season. The natural beauty and tranquility are complemented by cool temperatures and endless activities — like An Appalachian Summer Festival. It’s no wonder so many students and faculty continue their academic work throughout the summer months.

  • Friday, June 21, 2019

    On behalf of the entire institution, I would also like to thank you, our trustees, for the advocacy work each of you does on behalf of our faculty, staff and students. You make tremendous differences for – and along with – our faculty, staff and students. Together, our collective commitment to Appalachian’s standing as the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state begins before our students receive their degrees and continues long afterward.

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    As part of Black and Gold Reunion Weekend, we inducted a new class of esteemed alumni into the Black and Gold Society and celebrated the 50th reunion of the Class of 1969. Alumni gatherings like these underscore the lifelong commitment to Appalachian exemplified by so many of you.

    The results of a survey of the University of North Carolina System’s 16 public universities also demonstrate the excellence of our System’s graduates — a few of whom were recently featured on our news and events website,

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    I am so proud of our university. It is easy for me to advocate for Appalachian, and your voice in your respective communities is vital to our success. Thank you for your time today and for your service, which all of us at Appalachian value so very much.

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Nearly 4,000 students crossed the stage during commencement this past weekend. The class of 2019 joins the more than 128,000 graduates of North Carolina’s premier, public undergraduate institution. Commencement is a momentous occasion for our graduates, a proud milestone for their families and a very special celebration for the faculty and staff who have taught, mentored and supported them along the way. An Appalachian degree is both respected and rewarded well beyond graduation, and each of you is testimony to that fact.

    The May 2 #iBackApp success is testimony to the lifelong support and commitment our alumni have for Appalachian. Thank you once again for stepping up to support our students’ success and academic excellence.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Whatever the summer brings for our students — summer studies, internships, new jobs or new landscapes — I wish them, and you, the very best. We are all so proud of our students’ achievements, and so appreciative of the support you provide to them as we conclude yet another successful year.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    Our hearts are broken and our and thoughts are with our friends, loved ones and colleagues at UNC Charlotte. We grieve for the victims of this tragedy and their families, as well as the entire Niner Nation. Today, and in the challenging days ahead, Mountaineers are in solidarity with UNC Charlotte and those affected by this devastating violence.

  • Monday, April 29, 2019

    Thank you for the opportunity to address you today, and for the work you do each and every day to ensure this esteemed position among our sister institutions across the state. I wish you the very best as we head into the final days of classes and the busy exam period.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    I appreciate what each of you loyal alumni do to promote your alma mater in your communities and workspaces. You are making real and powerful differences across our state and in the world. I enjoyed meeting with Appalachian’s Alumni Council earlier this month and so appreciate their support and advocacy for their alma mater.

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    April weather in Boone changes quickly. We may have snow one day and beautiful spring weather the next, but the daffodils and forsythia are in full bloom. Our campus is lively and much is taking place. As we celebrate Earth Month, I am reminded how our beautiful location offers opportunities for our students to develop important skills that will serve them and their communities throughout their lives.

  • Friday, March 29, 2019

    Springtime means Commencement is just around the corner, and we have been busy on our campus this semester. I’d like to focus my report today on updating you about one key event: Appalachian’s hosting of the Board of Governors for their March meeting last week.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Spring break did not slow down the building and renovation projects we have underway. The demolition of Owens Field House continued and we’re making headway preparing for the new residence halls and parking deck. We have committed to these projects in order to ensure Appalachian’s future and maintain the university’s position as the premier, public undergraduate institution of higher learning in the state. You can be proud of your diploma and be assured that its value appreciates with these improvements — an investment totaling more than $250 million. It’s my pleasure to share an update on Appalachian’s future and these projects with you.

  • Friday, March 15, 2019

    Our students have just returned from a well-deserved breather. Some stayed in the area to work or use the quiet time for research and regrouping; some gave their time and talents to an Alternative Service Experience project; and some caught a few rays, caught up with loved ones or simply caught up on sleep. If you were one of the families that enjoyed a visit from your student, I hope it was a restful, restorative time, and that you heard about events and activities at Appalachian.

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    More than 95,000 Appalachian graduates live and work in North Carolina, making real and powerful differences in our communities and our state’s economy. We have educators in every county in the state, meaning many of your children, extended family and friends are being taught by your former classmates. Given the level of their expertise, imagine the exponential impact of the 7,000-plus who are actively employed by schools in our state.

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    Because of the dedication of our faculty and staff and the quality of our students, Appalachian is consistently lauded by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and many other national publications and guides. VIQTORY recently awarded Appalachian the 2019–20 Military Friendly® School designation, with the university earning a Gold distinction.

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Best wishes to all of you for the new year. I'd like to start the year reiterating Appalachian is the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina. You can declare that with pride — and I hope you will. We are looking forward to 2019 — a year of exciting change for your alma mater. I hope you will take a moment to read more about our efforts to support our students, take a look at 2018 in review and enjoy some of our students' experiences as captured on Instagram.

  • Monday, January 14, 2019

    2019 will be an exciting time at Appalachian. In the works are plans for a Conservatory for Biodiversity Education and Research, which will include laboratories, a conservatory, meeting space and gardens; seven new residence halls; a new end zone facility at Kidd Brewer Stadium; and an expanded child development center. The latter is increasingly important, as studies show our population of students with dependent children is growing, and they, along with our faculty and staff, value and deserve quality child care.

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    We close the 2018 fall semester with a few striking numbers: More than 1,600 students crossed the stage at commencement last Saturday; more than 15 inches of snow blanketed the campus during Diego; we hosted the very first Sun Belt Conference Championship Game; won our fourth bowl game in so many years; and hired one terrific new head coach!

  • Friday, December 7, 2018

    With the possibility of a significant winter weather event on the horizon, preparations are underway on campus. We are accustomed to the challenges of winter weather, and our campus and community personnel manage snow and ice safely, expertly and efficiently. Student safety is our top priority. Across our university, staff from Emergency Management, Physical Plant, Food Services, Housing, Parking & Traffic and many other areas are preparing for the potential impacts of this storm.

  • Friday, December 7, 2018

    Today, I will update you on current and upcoming projects that develop both our people and our built environment as we advance Appalachian’s core missions of teaching, scholarship and service. First, I’d like to share a few recent accolades that are outcomes of the hard work by our dedicated faculty and staff.

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Our celebration of Veterans Day reminds us of the freedoms we protect and enjoy. Three of our nearly 300 student veterans are profiled on We are thankful for them and those alumni, faculty, staff and students who serve in so many ways. We are also appreciative of our staff and faculty who are leading the many exciting renovations and expansions taking place on campus.

  • Monday, November 12, 2018

    The value of our university’s educational environment and community engagement is in large sum the reason Appalachian was recently recognized by a number of national publications and ranking programs. Our students and others in the Appalachian Community serve in a number of ways. It is always a highlight of my day to engage with our stellar students. My very best wishes to you and your families during this Thanksgiving season.

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Homecoming week provided an upbeat close to September with much to celebrate: an epic win over the South Alabama Jaguars, four inspiring Alumni Award winners, a celebration of the new National Pan-Hellenic Council Plots and Garden, the 50th Anniversary of Collegiate Athletics for Women at our university and the greatest gift — the safety and engagement of our students during and after the Hurricane Florence.

  • Monday, October 8, 2018

    Student success is always at the top of our priorities. A three-part feature on Appalachian Today highlights some of the strategies and initiatives we have in place to ensure your student succeeds financially, personally and academically. As your students share their Appalachian Experience, know we value and appreciate this opportunity to be part of their journey. Sharing student stories with you is important to us. Thank you for listening and sharing in return.

  • Friday, September 21, 2018

    Appalachian is the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina. I believe the most important goal Appalachian State University can achieve is to open possibilities — for our Appalachian Community, our society and our planet. To continue providing the highest quality educational setting, we must ensure a sound foundation — both by developing our physical infrastructure and empowering our human potential.

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Like most of the Eastern seaboard, we are watching the progress of Hurricane Florence and putting into place safety protocols we have developed and practiced. Be assured, the safety of our all members of community is paramount.

  • Friday, August 10, 2018

    Student move-in is only days away. We are excited to welcome our first-year students and those who have been away for summer. As we start the new academic year, I’d like to share two innovative programs that promise new career opportunities for our students.

  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    Chancellor Sheri Everts’ message to alumni in AppDate, the August 2018 Alumni Newsletter.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Chancellor Sheri Everts’ message to alumni in AppDate, the July 2018 Alumni Newsletter.

  • Monday, July 2, 2018

    While some of our Appalachian students take advantage of the summer break for travel, internships, summer jobs and quality time with their families, many are on campus for summer sessions. Summer classes make good sense for a number of reasons: They keep students fresh and in learning mode, often shorten the time to graduation and improve retention rates. Helping your student stay on track academically, emotionally and financially is always a priority for our faculty and staff, and there are bountiful services and resources available.

  • Friday, June 22, 2018

    I am pleased to share some updates on key university initiatives with you this morning, and to share a few accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    It’s been 50 years since Appalachian State Teachers College became Appalachian State University — a multidisciplinary, university with three undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Fine and Applied Arts, and Education. Some of you recall classes in the then-new Sanford Hall, seeing Doc Watson at the Boone Drug counter and maybe grabbing an ice cream sundae at the Tastee Freez — for a staggering 19 cents!

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018

    I am pleased to announce Paul Meggett has accepted my offer to serve as general counsel for Appalachian, effective June 18. Paul is a former law professor and interim dean at Charlotte School of Law, and prior to that appointment, spent more than a decade in a dual, in-house counsel role as associate general counsel for the UNC Health Care System and as Assistant University Counsel for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018

    You represent a group more than 120,000 strong. Soon, nearly 3,600 more will join the ranks of those who can call themselves proud Appalachian graduates. As you know, the pride you felt when you crossed the stage strengthens over time. This is due in large part to the many accomplishments of our alumni, students, faculty and staff.

  • Friday, March 16, 2018

    I will offer a few of the many accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff; review our progress toward the 5-year strategic goals we set with the UNC System, and share the road map for expansion and improvements we have developed collaboratively as a campus, and with our community.

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018

    The UNC System Strategic Plan includes a commitment to fostering diverse and excellent institutions, including a goal to “systematically focus on recruitment, retention, and development of the most talented and diverse workforce possible at all levels.” In support of this goal, the strategic plan prescribes that the System will implement a plan to measure key success metrics, including faculty and staff engagement. As a part of this plan, each institution in the UNC System will participate in a systemwide employee engagement survey to gather input from faculty and staff about workplace engagement over the next five years.

  • Friday, December 8, 2017

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

  • Friday, October 6, 2017

    In mid-July 2017, I announced University General Counsel Dayton Cole’s intention to retire effective June 1, 2018. With three decades of service to Appalachian, Dayton has dedicated the bulk of his career to supporting our campus’ students, faculty and staff. During his career, Dayton has received numerous recognitions and honors for his dedication and professional activities. Personally, I extend my sincere appreciation to Dayton for his commitment to Appalachian and for his collegiality in the good work we do each day. The search committee for Appalachian’s next general counsel has been formed and is beginning its work in earnest.

  • Friday, September 22, 2017

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

  • Monday, September 18, 2017

    One of the aspects of my job that gives me great satisfaction is working on a campus of faculty and staff whose passion about sustainability drives them to innovate in both research and practice. This is what led me to establish the Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program last year, which funded five projects at $10,000 each.

  • Friday, August 25, 2017

    I look forward every year to this opportunity to share where we are, and share my thoughts and plans for the year ahead.

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    As many of us have seen in traditional media and in social media, college campuses are an attractive venue for provocative displays of speech. Like us, our colleagues across the country are struggling with this reality.

  • Friday, June 23, 2017

    I am pleased to announce Hank Foreman has accepted my offer to serve as Appalachian’s chief of staff and vice chancellor, effective immediately. With over two decades of experience working at Appalachian, Hank brings to the Office of the Chancellor a demonstrated ability to blend institutional historical knowledge and forward thinking with values aligned with the mission and vision of the university.

  • Friday, June 23, 2017

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

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    After an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce Dr. Randy Edwards has accepted my offer to serve as Appalachian’s vice chancellor for university advancement. No stranger to the Appalachian Community, he brings a balanced leadership style, broad institutional knowledge, business acumen and the ability to guide and motivate his staff – qualities that have served us well during his term as interim vice chancellor for university advancement over the past nine months. This selection is good news for the entire Appalachian Community. Please join me in welcoming Randy to his official post in this critical leadership position. He will begin his new position May 1.

  • 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.