She comes to Appalachian from the University of Kentucky (UK) where she is dean of the College of Health Sciences.
“Appalachian State is poised for a new level of greatness with Lori Gonzalez providing leadership as provost and executive vice chancellor,” said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. “She has the abilities, vision and work ethic needed at this time in our university’s history. I am honored Dr. Gonzalez will be joining the Appalachian leadership team. Dr. Gonzalez clearly demonstrated she is ready and well prepared for the challenges and opportunities facing our university. I am looking forward to working with her and to welcoming her and her husband, Randy, to the Boone community.”
Gonzalez has been dean of the UK’s College of Health Sciences since 2005. Prior to that, she served in faculty and administrative roles in the college since 1991. Gonzalez, a native of Mt. Vernon, Ky., received her undergraduate degree in speech pathology and audiology at UK, her Master’s of Art in communication disorders at Eastern Kentucky University and her Doctor of Philosophy in speech from the University of Florida.
“My roots are in Kentucky,” said Gonzalez. “I grew up in the state and have been part of the UK family for many years. While my decision to leave has been bittersweet, I am excited to continue my professional career at Appalachian State University. It is an outstanding institution with visionary leadership and a long history of educational quality.”
“The search for provost and executive vice chancellor for Appalachian took longer than anticipated, but it was well worth the wait,” said G. A. Sywassink, chair of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees. “Dr. Gonzalez has the enthusiastic support of the trustees at Appalachian. I look forward to working with her for years to come. I am convinced Dr. Lori Gonzalez is the right leader at the right time for Appalachian.”
Gonzalez will begin her tenure at Appalachian in September.
Dr. Lorin Baumhover, who served as chief of staff to the chancellor from February 2005 to December 2009, has served as interim provost since June 2010.