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A garden grows for Susie Greene

Greene_Garden_t.jpgBOONE—Susie Greene of Blowing Rock is known for her love of gardening. So it should be no surprise to those who know the former dean of students and associate vice chancellor of student development at Appalachian State University that Dean Greene’s Garden has been created on campus.

Susie Greene with members of Landscape Services_t2.jpg Members of Appalachian State University’s Landscape Services are pictured with Susie Greene in a garden established in recognition of her years of service to the university. Pictured are Shawn Perry, left, Daniel Burleson, Jim Bryan, Greene and Eddie Hyle.

The garden is near the entrance to the Dougherty Administration building where Greene worked from 2002-10.  The garden includes native plants, such as ferns and trillium. Stonemasons from the university’s Physical Plant added a stone walkway and bench.  The garden was formally dedicated April 5.

“A garden is a metaphor for my experience here,” Greene said. “Appalachian embraced me, provided me with an amazing opportunity to grow and to experience, to become a therapist and eventually mean Dean Greene.”

“Mean” Dean Greene was the affectionate nickname colleagues bestowed on Greene.

“The stories and the lives of the people that have touched me over the years and have made me a better person – all of those belong in my garden of life,” she said.  “Each of you here are part of my garden of life,” Greene told those attending the dedication. “You have enriched me and you have made my life so much better.”

Greene came to Appalachian in 1975 and was assistant director and director of testing in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center before being named dean of students.