Update from Appalachian State University

Friday, February 16, 2024

I am pleased to announce that I have hired Keith Werner to fill the open position of Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective March 18. This appointment comes after conducting a national search.

I am confident that Keith — who has 30 years of experience delivering innovative and strategic solutions to the public sector and higher education — will ensure we are well positioned in an environment in which information technology is, on a global scale, increasing in complexity and sophistication.

In his role as CIO at App State, Keith will lead a team of more than 100 information technology professionals. Additionally, he will be responsible for providing vision and senior leadership for the development, coordination and use of technology, facilitating innovation and ensuring the continuity of ongoing operations.

A full news release is available here.

Yesterday, the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission announced that App State was selected as a new partner for the NC Teaching Fellows program, beginning in 2024–25. App State will join the eight existing partner colleges and universities in offering initial teacher licensure programs in STEM education, Exceptional Children education and elementary education. The Teaching Fellows program is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loan program providing tuition assistance of up to $10,000 per year for qualified students committed to teaching elementary education, special education, science, technology, engineering or math in a North Carolina public school. I congratulate Dean Spooner and the entire team in the Reich College of Education for this important achievement as we continue our founding mission of increasing access to education and work to ensure every student in North Carolina has a bright future.

On March 6, Mountaineers will come together to celebrate and support App State during iBackAPP day — the university’s largest giving celebration of the year. I encourage all Mountaineers to show your App State spirit by wearing Black and Gold and sharing your photos and App State stories on social media. Last year, the 10th annual iBackAPP event set a university record when Mountaineers across the nation provided nearly $1.75 million in support of our students, faculty and staff. This year, we aim to break records again. By giving a gift of any size, together, we can make a lasting impact for the entire App State Community.

Next Friday, Feb. 23, the App State baseball team will host Siena College for the first game of a three-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory. The Friday game is App State Student Appreciation Day. Students will receive complimentary tickets, and I’m providing parking and concessions for students — all you need to do is show your App State ID card. App State Athletics is also providing a limited edition T-shirt to the first 100 fans through the gate. Let’s cheer on our team to a black and gold victory in Hickory!

Whether you are enjoying some App State baseball and mild February weather in Hickory, catching up on school work, working or spending time alone or with friends, I wish you a restorative weekend and a great week ahead.


Sheri Everts
Chancellor