A Rigorous Student Experience

At Appalachian, student learning and student success come from a challenging academic curriculum, active classroom environments and close collaboration between faculty members and students on scholarly activities. A strong emphasis on undergraduate research, international experiences, interdisciplinary connections and measurable learning outcomes that assess student progress are at the core of Appalachian’s academic activities.

Meet the Provost

Lori Stewart Gonzalez
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Lori Stewart Gonzalez, Ph.D., has served as provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian since September 2011.

Prior to coming to Appalachian, Provost Gonzalez spent 20 years at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. While at UK, she served on the faculty, moving from assistant to professor and also serving as associate dean of academic affairs. In 2005 following a national search, Gonzalez was appointed UK’s third dean of the College of Health Sciences and served in that capacity for seven years. During her tenure as dean, she worked to increase the college’s research profile with a focus on “functional independence” and elevating the college’s national profile.

Provost Gonzalez is active on the national level, with an emphasis on allied health issues. She received an American Council on Education Fellowship in 2002. She served on the Board of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) and was named as a fellow by ASAHP and by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Sixteen departments span the humanities, social sciences, and the mathematical and natural sciences.

  • Walker College of Business

    The Walker College of Business is included in Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of Best Business Schools.

  • Reich College of Education

    The college has one of the largest teacher education programs in the University of North Carolina system. It also houses programs in human development and counseling, leadership, and family and consumer science.

  • College of Fine and Applied Arts

    This college comprises the departments of Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Technology, and Theatre and Dance.

  • Williams Graduate School

    The school offers more than 50 master’s and certificate programs and one doctoral program – on the main campus, at off-campus locations and online.

  • College of Health Sciences

    The college positions Appalachian as the premier university for outstanding academic preparation of health and human services professionals.

  • Hayes School of Music

    The school prepares performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors, and music industry professionals.

  • University College

    All undergraduate students begin their education here, through the General Education Program, co-curricular programs and student support programs.

  • The Honors College

    This program attracts students in the top 5 to 10 percent of their graduating high school class.


  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Approximately 32 percent of new students enrolling at Appalachian State University during the 2014-15 academic year will be transfer students. The increase in the transfer student population over the past years – from 768 in fall 2006 to an expected 1,150 by fall 2016 – is part of a focused effort to meet university and UNC system enrollment goals and a trend across the 16 universities within the University of North Carolina.

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    The College of Health Sciences announced the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science (HLES) will become two separate departments effective July 1, 2014: the Department of Health and Exercise Science (HES) and the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education (RMPE). The reorganization is an attempt to better align more closely related disciplines and meet the needs of a rapidly growing student interest in these fields.

  • Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Bindu Kolli Jayne has been named chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and compliance at Appalachian State University.

  • Poole named dean of Appalachian’s graduate school
    Monday, June 2, 2014

    Following a national search, Dr. Max C. Poole has been named dean of the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School at Appalachian State University. He will begin his work at Appalachian in August. Poole replaces Dr. Edelma Huntley who has served as dean of the graduate school since 2005 and is retiring at the end of June.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Dr. James Barnes, a professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies, has been appointed university ombudsman after serving as interim since spring of 2013.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    To help determine the best way to allocate faculty positions, the Position Metric, a system unique to Appalachian, is a tool used to assess faculty position needs in departmental units.

  • AAC&U Released Report that Liberal Arts Education Prepares Graduates for Long-Term Professional Success
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    College students who pursue their degree within the context of a broad liberal education substantially increase their ability to achieve long-term professional success, according to a recent study.

  • Monday, March 31, 2014

    Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees has approved emeritus or emerita status for the following faculty...


  • Employers Want Both Broad Knowledge and Specific Skills
    Employers Want Both Broad Knowledge and Specific Skills
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Which of the following ranges of knowledge and skills are more important for recent graduates who want to pursue advancement and long-term career success at your company?

    • 16% - Knowledge and skills that apply to a specific field or position
    • 29% - A range of knowledge and skills that apply to a range of fields or positions
    • 55% - Both field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of knowledge and skills

    Source: “Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight” Association of American Colleges and Universities, © 2014