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Aeschleman to step down as provost in June 2010

BOONE–After serving as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Appalachian State University since 2004, Stanley R. Aeschleman has announced he will leave the post June 30, 2010. He plans to return to teaching in the Department of Psychology.

“The main reason for this decision is the confluence of my age and the demands of the job that are competing with interests and activities that are central to my life,” Aeschleman said. “I wanted to make the decision early enough to allow the university to conduct a national search to fill the position.”

Aeschleman came to Appalachian in 1989 as a professor in the Department of Psychology. Fourteen of those years have been spent as an administrator. Aeschleman was coordinator of the Department of Psychology’s graduate studies program for two years and chaired the psychology department from 1998-2003. He served as acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-04, was named interim provost in July 2004 and provost in December 2004.

“Stan has been a great leader for academics on our campus and a great voice for the faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock.  “His leadership in developing and adopting the Strategic Plan for Appalachian is a hallmark of his administration and one of which I am very proud.  Thanks to Stan’s vision and hard work, Appalachian has a plan consistent with the UNC Tomorrow initiative – a plan which will guide our university for years to come.”

“He is well respected by the UNC General Administration and Appalachian’s students, faculty and staff for his transformational leadership, particularly in his efforts to enhance undergraduate education, expand our research initiatives, and raise the profile of the Appalachian  to the top tier of public comprehensive universities,” Peacock said.  “Stan and Ellen have been great advocates and ambassadors for Appalachian.  I will greatly miss their leadership but will continue to cherish the friendship we have.”

Peacock said a national search will be conducted for a new provost and that a search committee will be formed at the beginning of the academic year to begin that process.

“I want to thank Chancellor Peacock for the opportunity he gave me to serve in this position. I am looking forward to returning to the work that led me to a career in academia – my fascination with the science of behavior,” Aeschleman said. “I have great colleagues in the Department of Psychology and look forward to working with them again.”

Prior to joining Appalachian, Aeschleman held teaching posts at Indiana University, Bloomington; Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and the University of Kentucky.

He earned a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. from Western Illinois University.