Sharing Appalachian’s Accomplishments

Marks of distinction across the university
Friday, June 28, 2019

I value meeting with our Board of Trustees throughout the year, and I take the opportunity to share with them our updates and achievements — ranging from infrastructure to Mountaineer successes. Our esteemed Trustees advocate daily on behalf of Appalachian’s faculty, staff and students, and we are appreciative of all they do for our university. Significant work takes place during these meetings, like the one held June 21 which included:

  • An update on the university’s strategic plan, “The Appalachian Experience: Envisioning a Just and Sustainable Future 2014-2019.” The University Planning and Priorities Council held more than a dozen listening sessions last year to gather input for the next iteration of the strategic plan, which will be drafted in the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Approval of an increase to the Appalachian Heights funding authorization to address existing issues related to pipes, ductwork and dehumidification. Built in 1996, the facility is structurally sound and these renovations will extend the life of the building for 20–30 years.
  • An update on the renovation of Sanford Hall. The renovation — which is expected to extend the life of the building by as much as 40 years — is getting underway and is scheduled to be completed by 2021. Appalachian excels at completing projects on time and on budget.
  • An informational presentation on North Carolina House Bill 389, which allows for controlled consumption of beer and wine in athletics venues at UNC System schools. Research on universities that sell beer and wine at athletics facilities shows significant decreases in alcohol-related arrests and incidents after implementation. Board of Trustees approval would be required in order to change our current policy, and I appreciate the Trustees' thorough review of the options available to Appalachian.

These meetings also afford me the opportunity to share the tremendous success stories I witness every day. On this occasion, I recounted the internationally recognized work of two Appalachian faculty who recently scaled Mount Everest as part of a National Geographic research expedition. Geography professor Dr. Baker Perry was on the team that installed the two highest operating automated weather stations in the world, and faculty researcher Dr. Anton Seimon was on the team that recorded what we believe to be elevation records for at least two insect species. Visit Appalachian Today for the latest details. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Perry also solved a critical technical crisis at more than 27,000 feet with a shovel and a roll of duct tape — true Appalachian ingenuity!

You are welcome to read my full remarks here. I will share an update with you after each meeting of the Trustees.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor

June in review