Celebrating Three Academies
Dr. Dougherty’s statue is in place, the landscaping complete and the final brick has been laid. Wednesday, Sept. 5, we celebrate Appalachian’s inaugural Founders Day on the new plaza in Durham Park.
One hundred and nineteen years ago on that day, B.B. Dougherty, his brother D.D. and D.D’s wife, Lillie Shull Dougherty, opened the Watauga Academy with a dream of providing an education for the children of North Carolina’s lost provinces.
As the Academy, Appalachian State Teachers College and ultimately Appalachian State University, we have weathered a depression, two world wars, a flu epidemic, the 1940 flood and Hurricane Hugo. Throughout, our institution has never wavered in its mission to provide the opportunity for students to further their education.
Monday of this week, we began a partnership with an elementary school in Winston-Salem: the Appalachian Academy at Middle Fork. Our youngest students — grades K– five — started classes led by a principal and staff of predominately Appalachian graduates, and a number of student teachers will hone their skills at the academy over the course of the next five years.
Last weekend, our first Appalachian State University Police Academy — featured in my Aug. 3 newsletter — graduated 21 new cadets. This endeavor will place a number of college-educated and experienced cadets into the state’s law enforcement ranks for years to come.
The Doughertys’ dedication to education thrives at Appalachian and that is what we celebrate next week. I hope to see you there.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor