Hank Foreman named vice chancellor and chief of staff at Appalachian

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dear Members of the Appalachian Community:

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.

Before serving as interim chief of staff, Hank led the areas of Arts and Cultural Programs and University Communications. He has built a strong reputation at Appalachian, in the Town of Boone and throughout the High Country as a team player with outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to help set priorities and direct multiple projects and activities. Reporting directly to the Chancellor, Hank will be a member of the university's senior leadership team, the Chancellor’s Council and the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and will provide coordination for the achievement of strategic directions, goals and initiatives for the Chancellor's Division.

Hank will oversee 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 will be the liaison to Appalachian’s Board of Trustees, as well as to community and university constituencies, and assist in providing leadership and direction for institutional initiatives, special projects, time- or critically-sensitive decisions, and policy development.

I am confident in his ability to connect all of these areas to the university’s strategic plan.

I commend the search committee for its diligence and service throughout the search process.


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts