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

Dr. Darrell Kruger
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Dr. Darrell P. Kruger began his tenure as provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University in July 2015. Dr. Kruger came to Appalachian from the University of New Orleans, where he was dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Kruger holds a doctorate in geography from Louisiana State University. In addition to the University of New Orleans, he has held administrative and faculty posts at Illinois State University and been on the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Kruger’s historical geography research, publications and presentations focus on South Africa and the U.S., and his fellowship appointments include the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management (2012), the American Council on Education (2010-11) and the Fulbright Group Project Abroad, South Africa (2006). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, most recently from the National Geographic Society for more than 15 years of service in promoting grassroots geography education in K-16 in both Illinois and Louisiana.

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.

  • Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies

    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.

  • Beaver 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.


  • Students participate in the 11th Annual SNCURCS research event
    Friday, November 20, 2015

    A total of 146 undergraduate students and faculty from Appalachian State University attended the 11th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at High Point University Nov. 14, 2015.

  • International education is key to preparing global citizens
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    The internationalization of higher education has become an imperative, according to the associate vice chancellor for international education at Appalachian State University. Speaking at a luncheon during International Education Week on campus, Jesse Lutabingwa said providing global learning opportunities has become part of the university’s fabric.

  • Harris honored for promoting international opportunities for students
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    Professor Al Harris from Appalachian State University’s Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management has received the Walker College of Business’s Lifetime Achievement Award for devoting his career to providing students with international opportunities.

  • Campus community invited to test educational computer game
    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Faculty and students in the Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University have developed an educational, Kinect-based computer game and are seeking campus volunteers to try it out. The game, Spellotron, was developed in the department’s Visual and Image Processing (VIP) Lab.

  • A veteran’s commitment continues long after military service ends
    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    A veteran’s commitment to serve doesn’t stop when he or she leaves the military. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Vickie Hughes, now associate professor in the Department of Nursing faculty at Appalachian State University, illustrated that point with a story she told during a Veterans Day ceremony on campus.

  • Joseph Bathanti collaborates on veteran-focused literary project
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    Words from veterans across North Carolina were transformed into the acclaimed theatrical production “Deployed” and now are the focus of a new video released by the North Carolina Arts Council. This video celebrates the service of veterans of all ages as Veterans Day is observed on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

  • Hutchins receives National Translation Award
    Monday, November 9, 2015

    William M. Hutchins, a professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, has received the National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association in the prose category. The award recognizes his Arabic to English translation of “The New Waw: Saharan Oasis” by Ibrahim al-Koni.

  • Thursday, November 5, 2015

    We are seeking your valuable input into the needs of faculty in terms of professional development. Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey to better inform us as to your current thoughts on the Hubbard programs and what you would like to see us develop as we move forward.


  • Dec 12
    Saturday, December 12, 2015
    Holmes Convocation Center

    "Join me in sharing this academic milestone as we recognize the degree candidates you have educated and mentored. This is a celebration of accomplishment for the graduates and for the outstanding faculty at Appalachian State University." - Darrell P. Kruger, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

  • Tech4Teach Fair
    Feb 5
    Friday, February 5, 2016

    Faculty and staff interested in sharing how they successfully use technology in their courses, and those interested in enhancing student engagement and learning by effectively integrating technology in their teaching, are encouraged to attend the Tech4Teach Fair at Appalachian State University.

  • Feb 12
    Friday, February 12, 2016
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons
  • Apr 1
    Friday, April 1, 2016
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons
  • Apr 19
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    College of Education Building 124C

    Presented by Assistant Professor Rachel Wilson from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


  • 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