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News from the Board of Trustees

D06_12BOT11.jpgNew officers were elected to office during the Dec. 8 meeting of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

James “Jim” Deal Jr. of Boone was elected chairman, John Blackburn of Linville was elected vice chairman, and

Jeannine Underdown Collins of Boone was elected secretary. Each will serve two-year terms of office.

In addition, Kathy Roark, special assistant to the chancellor, will serve as assistant secretary.

Deal is an attorney in Boone and chairman of the Watauga County Board of Commissioners. He is chairman of the Watauga County Board of Commissioners. Deal served eight years on the Watauga County Board of Education, including three years as chairman of the board. He also has served on the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors. He received a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian in 1971.

Blackburn is president and general manager of Linville Resorts. He chairs the Cannon Memorial Hospital board and co-chaired a campaign to raise $20 million to build a new acute care hospital when Cannon and Sloop Memorial hospitals merged.

He is a member of the Watauga Medical Center board, vice chairman of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, vice chairman of the Avery County Schools Foundation, president of the Linville Foundation and a member of the board of Crossnore School Inc.

Blackburn has a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from King College in Tennessee, and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Collins is president of Underdown and Associates of Boone. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Appalachian in 1979 and a master’s degree in history in 1981.

An active volunteer for the university, Collins served on the search committee for the director of athletics and the chancellor’s installation committee. She is a past president of Appalachian’s Alumni Council. Collins is a member of the university’s Athletics Council and has been active on the Yosef Club Advisory Board, including terms as secretary, vice president and president. She received the alumni council’s Outstanding Service Award in 1996.

She also serves on the Boone Tourism Development Authority.

Fee Increase Approved

In other action, the board approved a $209.50 increase in fees for the 2007-08 academic year, and a $230 increase in miscellaneous charges. Included are a $95 increase in the educational and technology fee, a $30 increase in the athletics fee, a $40 increased in educational and recreational programs fees, a $10 increase in the cultural affairs fee and a $34.50 increase in the student union fee. In addition, the book rental fee was increased $11 and the transportation fee was increased $9. The trustees did not increase tuition.

Residence hall room rental increased $150, and the standard option for the campus food plan was increased $80.

In-state undergraduate students living on campus will pay $9,606 in tuition, fees, room and board to attend Appalachian in the 2007-08 academic year.

Honored Retirees

Emeritus status was awarded to Joan Durden, who retired in January 2004 after a 20-year career in the Department of Art; and Harvard Ayers, who retired in June 2001 following a 31-year career at Appalachian in the Department of Anthropology.

Construction Update

The trustees also approved demolition at Kidd Brewer Stadium of the observation building containing the press box and chancellor’s box, and a small dressing/locker room and restroom building. The demolition, which requires final approval from the UNC Board of Governors, is the first step in plans to construct a new facility that will contain offices for the athletics department, staff and coaches; new press box; chancellor’s box; VIP club seating; conference rooms; strength and conditioning rooms for all student-athletes; and restrooms, concessions and merchandise areas, among other features.

Once bids are accepted for the project, university officials estimate it will take 20 months to complete.

In other construction news, conversion of the former baseball field to a soccer field and indoor practice facility is underway, as is construction of a new baseball field located behind the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. The baseball field is expected to be completed for the spring 2007 season. The softball field will be ready for play in spring 2007; however additional construction will take place in the off season. Construction on a new dining facility is on going, the 85,000-square-foot facility should be complete in early 2008.


Photo Caption: Officers for Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees for 2007-09 are Kathy Roark, left, assistant secretary, John Blackburn, vice chairman, Jeannine Underdown Collins, secretary, and Jim Deal, chairman. Their term of office will become effective Jan. 1, 2007. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)