A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR | April 11, 2018
Last month, I wrote to you about our commitment to global learning. Many of you have students who are studying or have studied abroad. Recently, I had the chance to visit and bolster our relationships with other global leaders in higher education.
I just returned from an excursion to China, accompanied by University of North Carolina Board of Governors member Philip Byers, Appalachian State University Board of Trustees Vice Chair John Blackburn, Student Affairs Vice Chancellor J.J. Brown and other delegates from Appalachian. We visited universities with which we have longstanding relationships — including Beijing International Studies University and Shaanxi Normal University.
For more than 20 years, Appalachian has had healthy and productive engagements with universities worldwide — from Brazil to Mexico to Australia — and we are eager to continue and expand these types of collaborations.
In fact, several of our faculty were in Russia in mid-March opening doors to a partnership at NovSU — the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education, also known as Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University.
In a flattening global landscape, Appalachian is an active partner in the international network of higher education. The relationships we are building worldwide will open many doors for our graduates. Because of their experience here, your students will be better prepared not only to function but to contribute in a world that is increasingly interconnected and multicultural.
Scholarships and other support underpin these valuable experiences. #iBackAPP Day is April 19. This one-day fund drive supports the university’s unrestricted annual fund. The Appalachian Fund combines gifts large and small from thousands of alumni, students, parents and friends to support more than 70 areas across Appalachian’s campus, many of which impact your student’s day-to-day life here.
As parents and families of current students, you are already making a huge contribution to our university. Thank you.
At Appalachian, we put students first, always, and together we are building a bright future. Ultimately, the reason Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff come to work every day is to realize this vision.