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Kenneth E. Peacock Named Interim Provost at Appalachian State University

peacock.jpgBOONE–Kenneth E. Peacock has been named interim provost at Appalachian State University effective July 1.

Peacock, who has been dean of the Walker College of Business at Appalachian since 1992, will fill the position being vacated by former provost Harvey R. Durham. Durham has been named interim chancellor by UNC President Molly Broad following Frank Borkowski’s decision to step down as chancellor.

“Ken’s tenure as the chief administrator of the Walker College of Business has well prepared him to serve Appalachian as interim provost,” said Durham. “He has dealt effectively with a variety of faculty issues, budget issues, curriculum development, fundraising initiatives and development of international programs within the college.”

“It is an honor for me to serve as interim provost at such a great university,” Peacock said. “I approach this challenging position with excitement because this will be a learning experience, with apprehension following someone who has done the job and done it well for more than 20 years, and with determination to provide effective and efficient leadership for the faculty, staff and students at this university that I love.”

Peacock guided the Walker College of Business to reaffirmation of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in 1998; worked to name and endow the Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO Lecture Series; developed an exchange program with Fudan University in Shanghai, China; developed a business advisory council that provides visionary leadership and financial support to the faculty and students; created a Council of Student Advisors that meets with the college administrators to seek ways to strengthen academic programs in the college; and worked to establish an Endowment for Excellence to provide financial support for students, faculty and college programs.

Peacock joined Appalachian in 1983 as an assistant professor.

He previously had taught for three years at the University of Virginia, and was an auditor and tax accountant for Price Waterhouse and Company in Winston-Salem and Charlotte.

Peacock earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College.

He is active in several community organizations, including the Watauga Medical Foundation Board of Directors, the RBC Centura Bank Local Board of Directors and Grandfather Home for Children Board of Directors.