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J.J. Brown is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Previously J.J. served as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students for Student Development from June 2010-April 2017. Serving on other university wide committees, J.J. focuses on the challenges and support of today’s student in today’s complex learning environment. Prior to coming to Appalachian in 2010, J.J. served nine years as an Associate Dean of Students at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. J.J. received his Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Master’s degree in College Student Personnel both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
As the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Matt's portfolio consits of Administrative Services, the Child Development Center, Electronic Student Services, University Housing, Staff Development & Strategic initiatives, Student Affairs Assessment and Student Affairs Capital Projects. Matt served as the Director of Administrative Support Services from July 2010 until his appointment as Assistant Vice Chancellor. Matt previously served in higher education as the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Appalachian and as Director for the University of North Carolina System Office at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He has also provided consulting services to the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the Ministry of Education of Laos, National University of Laos, USAID in Afghanistan and the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Matt is a native North Carolinian with a BS in Business Administration from Appalachian and a Master of Public Policy in Education Policy from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Matt is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Jeff currently serves as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Engagement & Leadership and oversees the following Student Affairs Departments: Career Development, Student Engagement & Leadership and Multicultural Student Development. Jeff has been in the Department of Student Engagement & Leadership since 2014 and also co-advises the Student Government Association (SGA) as well as co-directs the Plemmons Leadership Scholars program. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs from the University of Tennessee.
Alex Howard, PhD:
Dr. Alex Howard is serving as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Wellness and Prevention Services for the Division of Student Development. Alex's current portfolio includes the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, University Recreation and Wellness & Prevention Services. Before coming to Appalachian, Alex served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine at High Point University and both a Master's and Doctorate of Public Health at the University of Kentucky.
Alan is currently the Interim Dean of Students with oversight of the following areas: Student Conduct, Case Management, Off-Campus Student Services, Student Legal Clinic, Student Veteran Services and Parent & Family Services. Alan has been with the Office of the Dean of Students as a Case Manager for 7 years navigating crises on a regular basis, leading the University's Care Team, and consulting/guiding faculty and staff in supporting and responding to students all while keeping their best interest of the student at the forefront of his decisions. Alan received Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from Appalachian State University and his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Antioch University New England.
Heather Strine-Patterson, PhD:
Heather Strine-Patterson is the Director of Student Affairs Assessment. Heather has over a decade of experience working with college students in the areas of career development, academic advising, orientation, teaching, residence life, college unions, and student activities. She also has significant experience with student affairs assessment. While working on her Ph.D. program, Heather completed an externship with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) where she served on the Task Force for Student Learning Assessment and Quality in Undergraduate Education. At James Madison University (JMU), Heather served on committees that administered the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Gallup Well-Being Index, led the Division of Student Affairs' (DSA) Co-Curricular Committee, served on the DSA Assessment Advisory Council, and led Career & Academic Planning's department assessment efforts. Heather holds a doctorate in Strategic Leadership with a concentration in Postsecondary Analysis & Leadership from JMU. She also earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University.
Traci Royster is the Director of Staff Development & Strategic Initiatives for Student Affairs. Traci most recently served as Interim Director of Multicultural Student Development (MSD) for the 2015-16 academic year. Traci brings over 16 years of professional experience in higher education. Prior to her work in Multicultural Student Development, she served as the Director of Parent and Family Services from 2009 to 2015, the Internship & Student Employment Coordinator in the Career Development Center from 2006 to 2009, and the Assistant Director for Student Support Services in the Learning Assistance Program from 2001 to 2006, all at Appalachian State. Traci earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Human Development and Psychological Counseling, both from Appalachian State University.
Office of Student Affairs Team:
Lori Eggers is the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. She also provides support and assistance for the Office of Student Affairs. Lori has nineteen years of service with Appalachian State University. Prior to joining Student Affairs, Lori worked in the Department of University Housing as the Department Office Manager. She recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University
Molly Kadyk-Bruch is the Business Officer for Student Affairs and has served in that role since July 2015. She is responsible for the management of all finances, operations and personnel within the Division of Student Development. Molly serves as accountant, budget analyst and resource person for areas within the division. She also administers the Student Emergency Loan Program. Molly began working at the University in 2007 as the Budget Manager in the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. In 2009, she became the Budget Manager for University Advancement. Molly received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Accounting, both from Appalachian State University.
Anitra Ball is the University Program Associate for Student Affairs. She serves as the administrative assistant to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operation, Dean of Students, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Director of Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives. She is responsible for office management functions in the Central Office, coordinating the Student Affairs website and divisional communication, assisting with Diversity Scholars, and the Student Travel Database.She began working at the University in 2005 as the Front Office Supervisor in University Housing for ten years and then later became the Key Coordinator and has served in that role for the past two years. She has been with the University for a total of 12 years.
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