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Appalachian announces Susan Pettyjohn to be new vice chancellor for University Advancement

pettyjohn_t.jpgBOONE—Susan H. Pettyjohn has been named vice chancellor for University Advancement at Appalachian State University, Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock announced today.

Pettyjohn most recently served as associate vice president for university development at The College of William and Mary.

Susan Pettyjohn will make a difference for our university,” Peacock said. “Her experience at William and Mary has prepared her well for this leadership position on our campus. I look forward to working with Susan during this exciting time for Appalachian State University.”

Pettyjohn will succeed the retiring Jerry L. Hutchens, who has served as interim vice chancellor for University Advancement for three years.

“On behalf of the entire Appalachian family, I wish to convey our thanks to Jerry and his wife, Mary, who have worked so hard on behalf of the university and its students,” Peacock said. “We will miss them both and wish them all the best in the future.”

As vice chancellor, Pettyjohn will be responsible for all areas of development, advancement services, alumni affairs, university communications and cultural affairs at Appalachian. In addition, she will serve as president of the Appalachian State University Foundation and will be a member of the chancellor’s senior administration team working collaboratively with the other vice chancellors and the provost.

Pettyjohn, a native North Carolinian, received a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Master of Higher Education Administration from The College William and Mary.

She spent 17 years at The College of William and Mary, serving in a variety of capacities including interim vice president for university development, during which time she was responsible for all development functions including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporation and foundation relations, communications, operations, and the administration of the William and Mary Foundation; and assistant vice president for development operation functions including research and prospect management, stewardship, gift accounting, computing services and special events. Pettyjohn began her fundraising career as director of development for the school of education.

In addition, Pettyjohn played a leadership role in the successful planning and execution of a $500 million capital campaign that began in 2000 and will be completed on June 30, 2007.

“I am honored to join Chancellor Peacock and the leadership and advancement teams at Appalachian State University,” Pettyjohn said. “There are tremendous opportunities at this university and I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences to help secure its future.”

Pettyjohn will assume her duties effective Sept. 4, 2007. She and her husband, Bruce, will live in the Boone area.