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Business Affairs Vice Chancellor Jane Helm retiring from Appalachian

BOONE—Appalachian State University Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock announced June 9 that Jane P. Helm, vice chancellor for business affairs since 1994, is retiring. Peacock has named Gregory M. Lovins, currently associate vice chancellor for administration, interim vice chancellor for business affairs, effective immediately.

Helm came to Appalachian from the New York Law School, where she was associate dean for finance and administration and treasurer for nine years. Prior to that, she was with Radford University in various business and administrative roles, beginning in 1980.

“On behalf of everyone who has worked with Jane in the 12 years she has been at Appalachian, we thank her for her many contributions and successes,” Peacock said.

“She has managed a vast array of capital projects during her tenure that has significantly reshaped and upgraded our campus. Her management of the university’s financial resources has been excellent. On behalf of the board, I wish her the very best in her retirement,” said Robert G. Fox, Jr., chairman of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees.

Lovins has been associate vice chancellor for administration since 2000. Prior to that, he served as director of internal audits at Appalachian. Lovins graduated from Appalachian in 1994 with a master’s degree in business administration. He earned his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1981.

He was director of internal audits at UNC-Charlotte from 1995-98, an associate of Philpott, Ball and Company investment bankers from 1994-95 and director of special funds accounting at Appalachian from 1988-94. Lovins is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

“We are very fortunate to have the kind of bench strength that allows someone of Greg’s caliber to step in as interim vice chancellor while we conduct a national search to fill the position,” Peacock said. “Our entire leadership team looks forward to working with Greg in this role, which is critical to the success of the university, its faculty, staff and students.”