Upholding the Appalachian Experience

Saturday, January 25, 2020

On Tuesday morning, Appalachian’s Trustees met and unanimously passed a resolution calling on “all elected leaders who support and value the world class higher educational systems in North Carolina to move swiftly to enact a robust state budget that includes significant and meaningful support to the constituent institutions of the UNC System and compensation measures commensurable to the excellence of its faculty and staff.”

Even as we navigate unprecedented challenges, our faculty, staff and students continue to bring their best every day - that's what we do at Appalachian.

As I advocate for our university, your strengths and accomplishments continue to inspire me:

  • Academics. Because of our stellar faculty, Appalachian is routinely lauded by national publications for the high quality and value of our academic programs. Most recently, the Reich College of Education was recognized for the fourth consecutive year as the national leader for the number of alumni who are National Board Certified Teachers, with 2,057 alumni having earned the national credential to date.

  • Engagement. Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) hosted the 21st MLK Challenge earlier this week and the annual Dance Marathon is scheduled for February, both of which provide dedicated time for reflection and service to the local community. These are just two examples of the hundreds of service opportunities from which our students, supported and championed by our dedicated staff, extend their classroom learning throughout the academic year.

On Friday, Jan. 31, our Office of Sustainability will hold an important next step in the development of the university’s new Climate Action Plan — slated to be completed by Earth Day, April 22. Please make plans to attend this listening session. Members of the campus community are invited to bring their knowledge and suggestions as we work to address our collective responsibility to mitigate — and work toward eliminating entirely — our carbon footprint. This is one of many opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to come together in structuring a pragmatic and progressive plan toward achieving climate neutrality.

Along with institutions of higher education everywhere, we seek collaborative solutions. Mountaineer resilience and determination sustain us as we prepare our students to live purposeful lives.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor