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Broyhill Named Honorary Appalachian Alumnus

broyhill.jpgBOONE — Former U.S. Senator James T. Broyhill of Winston-Salem has been named an honorary alumnus of Appalachian State University. The honorary designation was presented during an alumni awards banquet Oct. 20 held as part of the university’s homecoming activities.

The honor recognizes the commitment Broyhill has made to the university’s mission and vision, and his service to the university.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have had Jim Broyhill on the board of trustees during my tenure here at Appalachian,” said Chancellor Francis T. Borkowski. “He has provided invaluable insight and leadership, helping chart the university’s course into the 21st century and enhancing educational opportunities for our students.”

Festival and the Alliance for Teaching Science project in the College of Broyhill’s ties to Appalachian date back to 1913 when his parents, James Edgar and Satie Hunt Broyhill, were students at Watauga Academy, the forerunner to the university.

Broyhill has been actively involved in the university’s An Appalachian Summer

and the Alliance for Teaching Science project in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has served on Appalachian’s Board of Trustees for eight years, including one year as chairman, and sits on the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors.

Broyhill was born and raised in Lenoir. He was employed by the Broyhill Furniture Industries for 17 years and worked in sales, production and personnel. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1963 and served the state’s ninth congressional district until 1986, when he was appointed to full an unexpired two-year term of the late U.S. Senator John East.

He chaired the N.C. Economics Development Board from 1987-89 and was U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1989-91.

Broyhill’s papers from his years in office are housed in Appalachian’s Belk Library. The collection includes legislative files, newspaper clippings, speeches, video and audiotapes, photographs and other materials.