Message from Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dear Members of the Appalachian Community,

Our University has a long history of academic integrity and a focus on students. Appalachian is a special place, and you can feel the warmth the moment you set foot on our campus. However, no place is perfect, and sometimes incidents that occur on campus and in the surrounding area challenge our community.

The recent media coverage about events involving students reminds us that we still have work to do, both as an institution of higher learning and a community that works, lives, learns and plays together. As a campus, we must remember to show respect for one another. Our Office of Student Conduct, supported by a network of resources, is committed to providing ready access to support for students in crisis, and we strive to recognize and protect the rights and safety of all students.

I am proud of what we have built at Appalachian, and our best days are ahead of us. Our academic achievements are impressive, and our students and faculty continue to elevate Appalachian to a level of global competitiveness. Likewise, our extra-curricular, cultural and athletic programs have brought positive recognition to Appalachian. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students, Appalachian has earned a reputation of distinction among our peers, throughout the region, nation and beyond.

Please join me as we work to continue to strengthen the Appalachian community now and for future generations.


Kenneth E. Peacock