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Roberts named executive director of Appalachian’s Learning Assistance Program

BOONE—Jean Roberts has been named executive director of Appalachian State University’s Learning Assistance Program (LAP).

She replaces Joy Clawson who is retiring in December after 30 years of service to the university.

Roberts has worked at Appalachian for 25 years. She began her career at the university in the Department of Complementary Education, a unit within the Division of Student Development.

She joined the  Academic Advising Center in 1994 and began working in the LAP in the Academic Services for Student-Athletes unit in 2002. In that role, she helped students with academic advising, career and personal counseling.

“I am very pleased that Jean has accepted this position. She has a long and distinguished career at Appalachian, and she has served in a number of roles that have made her a well-known and respected person on campus,” said David Haney, vice provost for undergraduate education at Appalachian.

“As we continue our efforts to provide our students with the best and most appropriate academic support services, Jean will continue the high standards that the Learning Assistance Program has maintained under the leadership of Joy Clawson, and she will lead the LAP in new directions as the needs of our students change,” he said. “She will also be a welcome addition to the University College leadership team as we develop and expand partnerships among our many programs.”

Roberts earned her graduate degree from Appalachian.

Clawson has been the director of LAP since 2003 and was the program’s Learning Skills Coordinator in the program from 2000-03.

She began work at the university in 1979 as a supervisor of student workers in the Campus Recreation and Intramural Program. She has held various positions at the university including administrative assistant to the vice chancellor for development and public affairs in the Division of University Advancement, assistant director of admissions in the Office of Admissions, and as an advisor in the Academic Advising Center on campus.

“Joy’s dedication to students and their success is evidenced by her 30-year career in a variety of student-focused offices on campus,” Haney said. “She has played an important role in our retention and graduation efforts, in our service to a variety of student populations, and in establishing the place of academic support services in University College. Her leadership and counsel will be missed.”

Clawson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian.

The Learning Assistance Program is a unit within Appalachian’s University College.  University College consists of the university’s integrated general education curriculum, academic support services, residential learning communities, interdisciplinary degree programs and co-curricular programming – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom.