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Appalachian Chancellor Frank Borkowski to Take Medical Leave; Provost Harvey Durham Named Acting Chancellor

BOONE—UNC President Molly Corbett Broad has granted Appalachian State University Chancellor Frank Borkowski a medical leave of absence that is expected to last approximately four weeks.

Effectively immediately, Broad has appointed long-time provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Harvey Durham acting chancellor.

In announcing Durham’s appointment, Broad said, “I support Chancellor Borkowski’s decision to follow his physician’s advice in seeking a leave of absence, and we look forward to his return to office. In the meantime, Appalachian is fortunate that Provost Durham has agreed to assume even greater responsibilities on behalf of this great institution. Having served as its chief academic officer for the past 24 years, he is exceptionally qualified to assume temporary stewardship of the Appalachian campus. His vast administrative experience and his demonstrated devotion to Appalachian ensure that the campus will be in good hands.”

After earning his doctorate at the University of Georgia, Durham joined Appalachian’s faculty as a math professor in 1965. He was appointed chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1967, associate vice chancellor in 1974 and assumed his current post in 1979. Last fall he announced plans to retire from the university at the end of June.