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Four Administrative Appointments Have Been Named at Appalachian

BOONE–Wilber “Bill” Ward has been named senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Appalachian State University.

Tim Burwell has been named acting associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Don Cox has been named acting associate dean of the Walker College of Business and Faye Sawyer has been named assistant dean for international programs and college assessment in the Walker College of Business.

Ward has been associate vice chancellor for academic affairs since 1991. “Bill Ward has provided strong leadership to the academic affairs area for many years,” said interim provost Kenneth E. Peacock. “His unwavering commitment to quality in our academic programs and years of dedicated service have earned him the honor of serving as senior associate vice chancellor of academic affairs. Our university is fortunate to have him in this critical administrative position.”

As senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, the position previously held by Dr. Clinton Parker, Ward will have administrative responsibility for Belk Library and the university’s information technology services and serve as a liaison on academic matters with the Office of the President of the University of North Carolina system, among other duties.

Burwell has been associate dean of the Walker College of Business since 1998. He joined the Appalachian faculty in 1986.

“As a seasoned administrator at the college level, Tim Burwell comes to this position already equipped with a high degree of skill in day-to-day budget operations and numerous other administrative tasks which a less experienced individual would need considerable time to learn,” Peacock said. “In addition to work with the budget, Dr. Burwell will chair the academic policies and procedures committee and work with other programs that operate within the academic affairs area.”

Cox has been at Appalachian since 1993. He is an associate professor of finance, advisor to the Bowden Student Managed Investment Fund and was recently named the Alfred Adams Distinguished Professor of Banking.

“Given the current budget environment along with the Walker College of Business reaffirmation of accreditation again on the horizon, it is critical to the successful operation of the college that we have an effective replacement–someone able to assume the associate dean responsibility immediately,” said acting dean Lyle Schoenfeldt.

“As a distinguished teacher and researcher, Don Cox is extremely well qualified for this assignment. The Walker College is fortunate to have someone of this caliber interested and willing to undertake this assignment.”

Earlier this month, Sawyer was named assistant dean for international programs and college assessment for the Walker College of Business. Sawyer served as the acting chair for the Department of Information Technology and Operations Management during the past two years.

She previously served as assistant director of the university’s Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning and as associate dean and acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Sawyer joined the Appalachian faculty in 1977.

“As assistant dean for international programs and assessment, Dr. Sawyer will provide effective and creative leadership to the international programs in the Walker College of Business. Her experience as associate dean and then acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences prepared her well for this increasingly important dimension in business education,” Peacock said.

“Her experience in the Office of Assessment will be invaluable in developing assessment processes that are critical to reaffirmation of accreditation by the AACSB–International, the accrediting body for the college.”

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