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Appalachian Alumni Association Honors Its Own

BOONE – The Appalachian State University Alumni Association presented its Distinguished Alumnus, Young Alumnus, Honorary Alumnus and Outstanding Service awards during an awards luncheon on April 23.

This year’s honorees were:

Dent Miller, Distinguished Alumnus Award

Scott Kelly, Young Alumnus Award

Bettie Bond, Outstanding Service Award

Robert and Paulette Inman, Honorary Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to an Appalachian graduate who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her career field and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership in their community.

Appalachian State University Chancellor Kenneth E. Peaock, left, with Dent Miller

Statesville resident Dent Miller is a 1955 graduate of Appalachian. Following a 20-year career at Statesville Senior High School, Miller began a career in the restaurant business. He served as executive vice president of the Mom and Pops chain, then with Western Steer. He retired as president and CEO of Connor Management Group where he developed the Sagebrush Restaurant chain. He continues to serve as a consultant and manager for several of his enterprises. In 1990, Miller was named “North Carolina Restaurateur of the Year” by the North Carolina Restaurant Association. He was named a member of the Reich College of Education’s Rhododendron Society in 2003.

Miller serves on the Appalachian Foundation Board of Directors. He is an active member of the Former Athletes Association and the Yosef Club.

The Young Alumnus Award was established in 2004. It is presented to individuals for their exceptional service to the university and accomplishments in their career.

Scott Kelly

This year’s recipient is Smyrna, Ga., resident Scott Kelly, a 1998 graduate of Appalachian. He joined Bank of America in High Point following graduation. After seven years, he was named a senior vice president and business banking senior client manager for Bank of America in Atlanta, Ga. There, he is the senior leader of a 17-member team that manages approximately 200 small business client relationships.

In 2003 and 2004, Kelly earned the Bank of America Spirit of Excellence Award for being the top national sales producer. He has consistently ranked among the top three in national sales production since 2001. Kelly is also a three-time Bank of America Customer Experience Leadership Award winner – in 1999, 2002 and 2003.

Bettie Bond

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes individuals for their exceptional service to the university. Perhaps no one better illustrates the ideals of this award than Boone resident Bettie Bond, who began her academic career at Appalachian in 1973 as an instructor in the history department. She has been an unwavering supporter of the university ever since. Bond has been a member of the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library for 10 years. She was one of the eight original members on the library advisory board and arranged several educational trips around the country, and led a successful campaign to name a faculty lounge in the Belk Library and Information Commons. Bond has hosted both the Friends of the Library and the advisory board at her house for events. She also has helped host the “Novel Experience” fundraising dinners and the Friends Annual Meeting and Tea.

In 1996, Bond co-chaired Appalachian’s Centennial Celebration.

She retired from the university in 1996, and was awarded emerita status by Appalachian’s Board of Trustees that same year. She and her husband, John, established an endowment that awards outstanding undergraduate teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences and helps build the university library’s collection of works from each winning professor’s field of study.

Robert and Paulette Inman

The Honorary Alumni Award was established in 1992 to recognize individuals who have given unselfishly of themselves to Appalachian State University but never graduated from nor attended the university.

Robert and Paulette Inman have been mentors, friends and advisors to Appalachian’s students, faculty and administrators, and have given unselfishly of their time, talents and expertise to benefit the university.

Through her participation in the Walker College of Business’s Entrepreneur Summit, Paulette Inman has shared her business expertise as owner of two highly successful retail businesses with students, providing them with a real-world example of the skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur. She also has served on the Walker College of Business Advisory Council, providing counsel and assistance in fundraising and serving as an advocate for the college.

Robert Inman has served on the Belk Library Advisory Board, assisting with the library’s fundraising activities and serving as an advocate for the library and community. Through his involvement with the Department of Theatre and Dance Advisory Committee, he has helped develop a partnership between Appalachian and the Blowing Rock Stage Company. Inman also contributed his time and creative talents to write the lyrics for a musical piece promoting the university and hosted UNC-TV’s Appalachian Showcase. He also has served as a guest speaker for commencement, the Hughlene B. Frank Visiting Writers Series and the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library annual meeting.

The Inmans reside in Charlotte and Boone.