Welcome to our new Interim Director for Parent and Family Services, Allison Sawicki Dodson!
Allison Dodson is the newest member of our Dean of Students team. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and received her bachelor’s degree in English, Secondary Education in 2008. As an undergraduate student, Allison was involved in our Appalachian Student Ambassador program where she gave campus tours and served as a student representative for the Office of the Chancellor and the Alumni Association. Allison was also active in the program formerly known as Freshman Seminar as both a Peer Leader and Peer Leader Trainer. During her time at ASU, Allison studied abroad in Germany and participated in a summer service trip to Nairobi, Kenya.
Being involved in Appalachian’s campus community as an undergraduate student led Allison to pursue a career in Student Affairs. She attended graduate school at the University of Virginia, and received her Master’s degree in Student Affairs Practices in Higher Education in 2009. As the Graduate Assistant for the UVA’s Office of the Dean of Students, Allison focused the bulk of her thesis and graduate work on leadership development within the student experience. She went on to work in student services at UVA’s Darden Graduate School of Business until 2011, when she returned to North Carolina. Most recently, Allison worked at NC State University in their Alumni Association supporting the work of their constituency programs and reunions.
Allison and her husband Ethan, also a graduate of Appalachian, are thrilled to be back in Boone. Ethan has joined Appalachian as well and is now working in University Advancement. They enjoy spending time with their two dogs, exploring the beautiful high country area, tackling new recipes in the kitchen, traveling, and cheering for the Carolina Panthers. Allison’s office is located in the Dean of Student’s suite on the 3rd floor of the Plemmons Student Union. Please stop by to visit her the next time you’re on campus!