*below is a letter that went out on Wednesday April 18 via email*
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | April 18, 2013
Dear Members of the Appalachian Community:
After nine years as Appalachian State University’s chancellor, I have decided to step down from this office. This is a difficult decision for me, but I believe it is the right time for Appalachian, and more importantly, the right time to make this change for my family. This is a decision both Rosanne and I have made together.
Today I informed UNC System President Tom Ross and members of the Appalachian Board of Trustees of my decision. I plan to stay on as chancellor until a successor is appointed to the position.
I am proud to have served this University since 1983 when I joined the faculty in the Department of Accounting in the Walker College of Business. Becoming Appalachian’s sixth chancellor in 2004 was an opportunity of which I never dreamed I would have. I am grateful for this honor and many of the experiences it has provided me, and I appreciate the camaraderie and support members of the Appalachian community have graciously shared with me.
Rosanne and I both value the friendships we have made through this University and knowing those will continue makes such a difference for us as we prepare to enter this next chapter of our lives. I will continue to the best of my ability to serve the faculty, staff and students of this great institution.
Your continued support is appreciated; your friendship is treasured.
With Appalachian Pride,
Kenneth E. Peacock