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Aeschleman Named Provost at Appalachian State University

121504aschleman_dl.jpgBOONE – Appalachian State University announced today that Dr. Stanley R. Aeschleman has been named provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. Appalachian’s Board of Trustees, led by Chairman Robert G. Fox Jr., has approved the appointment.

Aeschleman had been serving as interim provost since July 1.

” The Appalachian Board of Trustees enthusiastically approved the appointment of Dr. Aeschleman as provost,” Fox said. “He has demonstrated to the trustees in his interim role that he is a fair and effective administrator with extensive academic experience. We are confident he will relate well to his constituents and successfully manage resources in order to help lead the university to even greater heights.”

Dr. Gretchen Bataille, UNC System senior vice president for academic affairs, said, “Stan Aeschleman has already proved himself to be a strong advocate for the academic mission of Appalachian State University, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his permanent position of provost.”

Dr. Bobby H. Sharp, Appalachian’s director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning and the provost search committee chairman, said the committee unanimously recommended to Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock that he appoint a provost rather than proceed with a search to fill the position.

” The search committee represented all university constituents, especially faculty, and after robust discussion it was clear that Dr. Aeschleman had the confidence of the committee to lead and represent academic affairs at the highest administrative level,” Sharp said.

Peacock noted that during Aeschleman’s tenure as interim provost, he has developed a deep respect for Aeschleman’s relationship with the faculty and his keen administrative ability.

” Dr. Aeschleman’s experience as a member of our faculty, department chair and interim dean of the largest college on campus make him eminently qualified to serve as chief academic officer,” Peacock said. “I look forward to working with him and am confident that he will provide strong leadership for this university.”

Aeschleman joined Appalachian in 1989 as a professor of psychology and in 1996 was named director of graduate studies for the Department of Psychology. He served as chair of that department from 1998 to 2003 and was interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003 until being named interim provost. He received a B.A. in psychology from Western Illinois University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in learning-physiological psychology from the University of Kentucky.