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Chancellor Sheri N. Everts is pictured with Scott Elliott, center, the new superintendent of Watauga County Schools. Also pictured is Everts’ husband, Jay Noren.

Photo BY MARIE FREEMAN



Originally published: 2014-07-01 20:02:47
Last modified: 2014-07-01 20:02:47

Everts takes helm at ASU

by Anna Oakes

Sheri N. Everts on Tuesday began her term as Appalachian State University's seventh chancellor.

Everts succeeds Chancellor Ken Peacock, who served from 2004 to 2014. She is the first woman to serve as chancellor in ASU's 115-year history. She comes from a previous position as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Illinois State University, where she also made history as that university's highest-ranking female administrator.

Everts' first day in office included a listening breakfast with representatives from ASU's Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate. She then hosted a luncheon at the Appalachian House for local elected officials, area business leaders and others.

Everts also hosted an afternoon reception for staff members and attended the Appalachian Athletics/Sun Belt Conference Celebration Day held off campus. The chancellor plans additional meetings with students and faculty when classes resume in the fall semester.

Randy Edwards, dean of the Walker College of Business, has been tapped to serve as Everts' chief of staff. The university has not yet announced plans for filling the dean's position if it is being vacated by Edwards.

ASU on Tuesday launched a redesign of the chancellor's office website, which includes a video message from Everts to the campus.

"In the days ahead, I will be reaching out to you to learn about your ideas and dreams for our university, and I thank you in advance for being the passionate and dedicated community I am already beginning to know," Everts said in the message. "Students, and their success, are core to our mission -- and I have already witnessed the amazing transformation the Appalachian experience is making in our students. When students join our community, it is imperative we do everything we can to support them as they prepare to lead purposeful lives as engaged, global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all."