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Steinback and Sywassink appointed to Appalachian’s Board of Trustees; Cooper and Frank re-appointed to board

BOONE—Michael A. Steinback of Asheville and G.A. Sywassink of Charlotte have been appointed to four-year terms on Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors. John E. Cooper of Valle Crucis and Hughlene B. Frank of Greensboro were reappointed to four-year terms on the board. Their terms of office begin July 1.

Steinback is an operating partner of Stonebridge Partners, a private investment firm established in 1986 to acquire middle market companies in conjunction with the companies’ management teams.

He is a member of the Business Advisory Council in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business. Steinback holds an economics degree from Indiana University.

Sywassink is chairman and CEO of Standard Holding Corporation in Charlotte. He is a member of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors, and a past chairman of the Walker College of Business Advisory Council. In 1994, Sywassink was named an honorary alumnus of Appalachian.

Cooper and his wife, Faye, own the Mast General Store, which has locations in Boone, Valle Crucis, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Knoxville, Tenn.,

and Greenville, S.C. Cooper is a past member of Appalachian’s Walker College of Business Advisory Council and past co-chair of Appalachian’s fundraising Campaign for the Arts. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida.

Frank is a 1968 graduate of Appalachian. She is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council and chaired the council from 2000-02. She also is a member of the Yosef Club, the university’s athletes fundraising organization. Frank is vice chair of the trustees’ University Advancement Committee. The university’s visiting writers series is named in her honor.