Sharing Appalachian's Successes

Snapshot of September board meetings
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Last week, I participated in the UNC System Board of Governors meeting and also had the opportunity to engage with committees. Sharing university updates and achievements with this influential group of leaders is important for our future.

Earlier this month, Appalachian’s Board of Trustees held their September meeting with a full agenda, including committee meetings for business affairs, student affairs, academic affairs, audit and athletics. At the full board meeting, three new and three reappointed trustees were sworn in by North Carolina District Court Judge Rebecca Eggers-Gryder ’83. It is an honor to welcome John Blackburn, James “J.K.” Reaves ’93, Kimberly Shepherd ’97, Thomas Sofield ’76, Mark Ricks ’89 and DeJon Milbourne to this esteemed board.

Advocating for Appalachian here and across the state, especially in Raleigh, is an important part of my work. I continually affirm Appalachian’s position as the premier public undergraduate institution in North Carolina and took the opportunity to elaborate on this statement in my remarks to the Board of Trustees.

It is vitally important we build infrastructure to help power the human potential on our campus. Our current construction projects total more than $250 million and represent the largest infrastructure investment in the entire UNC System. Each of these projects supports and elevates our educational mission.

As we improve these spaces on our campus, university staff are working diligently to ensure as seamless an experience as possible for the students who are living and learning alongside construction. Appalachian has resources in place to support these initiatives, as well as our continued slow and steady enrollment growth.

Our university is thriving because of the hard work, dedication and strategic vision of the Appalachian Community. Collectively, we are realizing the dream of our founders to increase access to a stellar education.

Thank you for contributing every day as we work together toward our goals.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor