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University Advancement Announces New Leadership

61504dvance_dl.jpgBOONE—Three employees within Appalachian State University’s University Advancement Division have been promoted to better serve the Appalachian Family, says Interim Vice Chancellor Jerry Hutchens.

Lynn E. Drury, who was formerly assistant vice chancellor for alumni affairs, has been promoted to associate vice chancellor for public affairs. Her promotion follows the resignation of Robert Shaffer, who led the Office of Public Affairs for six years.

Drury has extensive public relations experience, having served as corporate affairs executive for Bank of America for 15 years. She was responsible for strategic development and execution of public relations, internal communications, state and federal government relations, public policy and the bank’s charitable foundation.

Tracey Ford has been named assistant vice chancellor of alumni affairs. Ford, who holds both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Appalachian, has more than 12 years experience working with alumni programs, mostly recently as associate director of alumni affairs. In addition, she managed the Office of Alumni Affairs following the 2003 retirement of Barbara Burgin.

Geoff Graham, former director of gift and charitable estate planning, has been promoted to assistant vice chancellor for development. He will be responsible for Advancement Services, the Appalachian Fund and associated annual giving programs, and will continue enhancing the development of major gifts to Appalachian.

” I greatly appreciate the willingness of Ms. Drury, Ms. Ford and Mr. Graham to accept these new challenges. This departmental reorganization will maximize the University Advancement Division’s ability to support the faculty, staff, students and external constituencies of Appalachian State University,” Hutchens said.

Hutchens was named interim vice chancellor in April upon the resignation of Siegfried Herrmann, who held the post for nine years. Hutchens had been Appalachian’s senior associate vice chancellor for development since 2001. He came to Appalachian from Radford University where he was assistance vice president for development and executive director of the Radford University Foundation Inc.

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Picture Caption: New leaders within University Advancement are, left to right, Geoff Graham, assistant vice chancellor for development, Tracey Ford, assistant vice chancellor of alumni affairs, Lynn Drury, associate vice chancellor for public affairs, and Jerry Hutchens, interim vice chancellor.