Cultivating Exceptional Leaders

Professional development for all ages
Friday, August 9, 2019

At Appalachian, we pride ourselves on being leaders in the disciplines we teach. Here are a few recent examples of our commitment to cultivating leadership:

  • It was my pleasure to welcome guests to Appalachian for the eighth annual Appalachian Energy Summit. Experts, policymakers and students from across North Carolina and beyond discussed and strategized sustainability goals, affirming Appalachian’s and our sister institutions’ dedication to resiliency and energy efficiency. I am proud that, as a result of the collective efforts of this group, campuses of the UNC System — together with industry partners — have avoided more than $924 million in utility costs. I’m pleased that Appalachian’s faculty, staff and students have been the driving force behind this symposium of scholarship and innovation.
  • Awarded each year, the Chancellor’s Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) provides avenues for selected Appalachian faculty and staff to augment their leadership abilities through mentorship and professional development. Notably, this year’s class of participants is the largest cohort to date, with the most areas represented.
  • We also engage prospective students in leadership opportunities. Last month, we welcomed 24 high school juniors for the 2019 Martha Guy Summer Institute (MGSI) for Future Business Leaders. Over the past seven years, more than 40% of MGSI participants have chosen to attend Appalachian, a testament to the efficacy of the experience.

Summer is coming to a close, and there is much to look forward to this year. I am thrilled that next week, I will welcome guests to the opening of the new parking deck, and greet new students and those returning to campus as we begin the 2019–20 academic year.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor