Dr. Sheri N. Everts began her tenure July 1 as Appalachian State University’s seventh leader.
Her first day in office included a listening breakfast with representatives from Appalachian’s Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate. Later, she hosted a luncheon at 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. She plans to schedule opportunities to meet with students and faculty when classes resume for fall semester.
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Dr. Sheri N. Everts: Good morning.
[caption] On July 1, 2014, Dr. Sheri N. Everts began her tenure as Chancellor of Appalachian State University. This is a glimpse into her first day.
[caption] 8:30 - 9:50 am. Breakfast with students, faculty and staff. Chancellor's boardroom.
SE: I just want to thank you all for being here at my first official event as Chancellor at Appalachian State.
SE: What advice would you give me on my first day?
[caption] 10:00 - 10:45 am. Phone calls to key stakeholders. Chancellor's Office.
SE: Mike? Hi. It's Sheri Everts, the chancellor at Appalachian State University.
[caption] 11:00 - 11:45 am. Sun Belt logo painting. Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Sun Belt representative: Overwhelming? Exciting?
SE: It's incredibly exciting. It's wonderful to be in Boone on this gorgeous summer day.
[caption] 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Luncheon with community. The Appalachian House.
SE: Thank you for being here. I'm looking forward to working together with you.
[caption] 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Reception with staff. Plemmons Student Union.
[caption] 5:15 - 6:15 pm. Sun Belt Celebration. Jones House Community Center.
David Jackson: We have had a fantastic day today as we've ushered in a brand new era, not only for Appalachian athletics, but as a campus we've also ushered in a brand new era. Please join me in welcoming our brand new chancellor, Dr. Sheri Everts.
SE: The move to the Sun Belt Conference means more opportunities for our student-athletes, and that is exactly what they are - students first. Go Mountaineers.
[caption] 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Dinner with Campaign leaders. The Appalachian House.
SE: So thank you so much, not only for what you do every day for Appalachian, and what you did for the Campaign for Appalachian, but what you do all the time for our students.
Man at dinner: Congratulations on your first day. We're so, so proud of you.
SE: Thank you. Thank you very much.
Today I have the privilege and honor to begin my service as chancellor of Appalachian State University. Over the past months, I have had opportunities to visit campus and to begin learning more about what makes this university great. Of course, at the top of the list are the people. The students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are all critical in the success of our university.
Like other institutions of higher learning, there are challenges which lie ahead of us, but together we can rise to meet these challenges, grow even stronger, and chart a destiny that is uniquely Appalachian. 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.
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.
From our dedicated alumni who make positive differences in our world, to the community engagement of our students, to the critical support our staff provides, to our friends and donors, to the work of our outstanding faculty who contribute to the intellectual depth and breadth of their disciplines, we understand the important contributions that Appalachian makes every day in our community, state and beyond. As we build on the strong foundation so many of you have worked hard to establish, I know this community is looking toward a bright future, and I thank you for joining me on this journey.
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