In her remarks to the Board of Trustees at their March 16 meeting, Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts discussed new programs and progress toward meeting five-year strategic goals, and shared plans for capital expansion and improvements developed collaboratively as a campus and with the Boone community.
Everts announced two new outreach and community engagement programs. The first is a Doctor of Psychology program, which, she stated, will have “a primary goal of preparing clinical psychology students to serve rural populations.” Everts continued, “Through this program, Appalachian will help address the critical shortage of providers in North Carolina, where about one-quarter of our state’s 100 counties have no practicing psychologists.”
The second new program Everts spoke about is a new police academy for students. The program was proposed by University Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Andy Stephenson. The academy will provide additional opportunities to build positive relationships between officers and students, while also increasing diversity within the department. “This program — which is only the second of its kind in the nation — will help meet the demand for well-trained and educated police officers in our state,” Everts said.
Originally published March 21, 2018. Written by Jeff Cloninger. Photo by Marie Freeman.