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Brooks to Lead Appalachian’s Department of Leadership and Educational Studies

brooks.jpgBOONE – J. Bryan Brooks has been named chairman of the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University.

The department offers graduate programs leading to the master of arts degree in higher education and educational specialist degrees with concentrations in administration, teaching, developmental studies or adult education; master of library science degree; master of school administration degree; master of arts in educational media /instructional technology specialist degree; and undergraduate courses in foundations of education. He begins his duties July 1.

Brooks has served as the development officer for the college since January 2003, directing the college’s fundraising activities.

Brooks came to Appalachian from Davidson County Community College in Lexington where he was president from 1982-2002.

While there, Brooks provided leadership in linking instructional programs to community workforce development and quality of life needs. He also was responsible for managing the Davidson and Davie campus programs, fiscal and human resources, planning, evaluation, accountability and institutional effectiveness.

From 1979-82, Brooks was president of Southside Virginia Community College. He also served six years as dean of instruction at Rockingham Community College.

Brooks has an Ed.D. in adult and community college education, and a master of science and a bachelor of science degree from N.C. State University.