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Duke honored for his leadership and service to Appalachian

BOONE—After 18 years as dean of the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University, and a career spanning more than 50 years in education, Dr. Charles Duke spent his last day on the job being honored by friends, faculty members, former teachers and others. The occasion included the naming of the college of education building rotunda in his honor.

View larger imageChancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, left, wishes Dr. Charlie Duke well in retirement. Duke retired June 30 after serving 18 years as dean of Appalachian’s Reich College of Education. The rotunda in the new college of education building has been named in his honor. (Photo by Marie Freeman)

“I don’t know about you but it’s a little startling to look at yourself on the wall,” he joked about his portrait that hangs in the entryway to the college. “I am very appreciative of the fact that this honor has been bestowed.”

Duke said that the original plans for the education building did not include the open space that has seating and computers for student use. As plans for the building evolved, he said it became very clear that the building should include a gathering space for students. “This really is a special space to me,” he said. “But I want to emphasize that this building is not me. This building is the alumni, faculty, staff and students. And the reason we are here is because of the students. Without them we would be nothing.”

“I admire Charlie for the great job he has done as a leader on the campus of Appalachian State, but I am sad to see him go,” Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock said. “Thank you for being a great ambassador to the university and for this college.”

An endowed scholarship has been established in the Reich College of Education to honor Duke.  To make a contribution, send a check earmarked for the Dr. Charles R. Duke Scholarship to Gina Harwood, Appalachian State University, Reich College of Education, ASU Box 32007, Boone, N.C. 28608.