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Everhart to chair new department in the College of Fine and Applied Arts

BOONE—Chad Everhart, associate professor and program coordinator of building science, has been named chairman of the newly created Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment in Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts. His appointment is effective July 1.

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“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to serve the outstanding students and faculty of the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment,” Everhart said. “I am excited to help support and promote the department’s innovative teaching, research and service initiatives.”

The Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment is the result of a recent reorganization within the College of Fine and Applied Arts that split the Department of Technology and Environmental Design into two departments, the second being the Department of Applied Design.

The division will create better alignment of programs based on their disciplines, highlight areas of excellence and promise within the college and university, allow more focused assessment of program, policy and student outcomes and facilitate better mentoring of young faculty seeking to attain promotion and tenure. Closer coordination of more related disciplines in each of the new departments will provide greater efficiency in program delivery and department management.

Everhart has been a member of the faculty for nine years and served as coordinator for five and a half years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, which include the development of several courses, Everhart served the student body and refined the quality of the building science program. He is involved with student research and service-learning projects, while maintaining his own scholarly and professional growth.

Additionally, Everhart served as a faculty advisor for Appalachian’s award-winning submission to the 2011 Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon as well as the inaugural director of the Integrative Design Experience Laboratory (IDEXlab).

“Reorganization and transition in any organization requires dedication, a lot of hard work, vision, and effective leadership,” said Dr. Glenda Treadaway, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “Chad has proven to possess the qualities of leadership and the devotion to his discipline and higher education to undertake this responsibility and produce outstanding results. I am excited to see this new department thrive.”

The new Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment will house three programs and faculty in the areas of sustainable technology; building science with concentrations in construction management, architectural technology and design; sustainable building systems; and the graduate program.

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