Office of Student Affairs Directory

Leadership Team:

JJ Brown

J.J. Brown:

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

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.

Leroy Wright

Leroy Wright:

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Leroy Wright is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Leroy has served in this capacity since January 2016. Leroy brings 20 plus years of experience in student affairs to the position. Leroy most recently served as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Development at Appalachian State University during the 2016-2017 academic year. As the Associate Vice Chancellor, Leroy's leadership portfolio includes Career Development; Multicultural Student Development; Student Engagement and Leadership; University Housing; and University Recreation. Prior to coming to Appalachian, Leroy served a 14 year tenure at Ferris State University, 10 years as Dean of Student Life and 4 years in University Housing. In addition, Leroy has worked at the University of Dayton and Northern Arizona University in roles specific to University Housing and Multicultural Student Services. Leroy received his bachelors degree in Human Resource Management and Multicultural Relations from Ferris State University and received his Masters of Education in Counseling from Northern Arizona University.

Jonathon Hyde

Dr. Jonathon Hyde:

Dean of Students & Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dr. Jonathon Hyde has been named Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students for Appalachian State University. Dr. Hyde has over 20 years of significant expertise and experience in emergency and crisis response, budget management, collaboration and supervision. Hyde most recently served as director of residential life and education at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he also held the position of interim associate dean of students and director of student advocacy and accountability. Prior to his work at LSU, Hyde served as assistant director for residential education at the University of Southern California (USC) and in multiple roles within residence life at Cornell University. Hyde holds a doctorate in educational leadership from USC. He also earned Master of Science degrees in higher education and criminology and criminal justice, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology and criminal justice from Florida State University.

Matt Dull

Matt Dull:

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations

Matt served in a similar role for the Division 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.

Heather Strine-Patterson

Dr. Heather Strine-Patterson

Director of Student Affairs Assessment

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

Traci Royster:

Director of Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives

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

Lori Eggers:

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

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

Molly Kaydk-Bruch:

Business Officer

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

Anitra Ball:

University Program Associate

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.

Micki Early

Micki Early:

Special Projects Coordinator

Micki graduated from Appalachian State University with a BSBA in Marketing and retired from the State of North Carolina with over 30 years of service in 2007. Prior to her employment at Appalachian State University in 1983, she served in a support role for the Engineering and State Property Fire Insurance Fund Division with the Department of Insurance in Raleigh NC for 7 years. At the time of her retirement, Micki was the Director of New Student Orientation. She began her employment at the University in 1983 in a support role with Upward Bound and Student Support Services and became the Assistant Director of New Student Orientation in 1986. In 1998, she was honored with the staff W. H. Plemmons Leadership Award. In 2007, she was awarded the Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award at the annual Student Convocation Ceremony in August. In 2010 Micki came back to work part time as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs in the Vice Chancellor’s Office. In that role, Micki’s primary responsibility is for special events and programs under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellors and Dean of Students. Some of the events which occur annually are the Plemmons Leadership Medallion, Student Leadership and Legacy Awards and the Student Memorial Program.

Student Team:


Rachel Foutz:

Student Desk Assistant

Christian Adams:

Marketing & Communication Assistant

Ina Colon Villafranca:

Student Desk Assistant

Lexi Chimera:

Student Desk Assistant

Natalie Wall:

Student Desk Assistant

Raven Walker:

Student Desk Assistant