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Departmental Directory


Dr. Heather Strine-Patterson | Director

Campus Activities

Beth Holcomb | Director (opens in a new tab)

The Office of Campus Activities facilitates transformational student experiences by creating a vibrant student life community where all students feel valued, connected, and successful. We are committed to the holistic development and success of all students, the cultivation of inclusive spaces and communities, and the fostering of meaningful relationships and lifelong learning.

Child Development

Moriah Stegall | Director (opens in a new tab)

The Child Development Center provides quality care and education for 68 children, infants through preschool, whose parents are faculty/staff or students of Appalachian State. Children learn through play and our teachers value the importance it has in a child's development. The center incorporates Creative Curriculum and North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development when developing lesson plans for classroom activities.

Community-Engaged Leadership

Dr. Heather Jo Mashburn | Director (opens in a new tab)

The Office of Community-Engaged Leadership (CEL) engages Appalachian State University students in academic, experiential, and community-oriented programs that enhance their capacity to serve and lead in socially-responsible ways for the benefit of their local and global communities.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Dr. Chris Hogan | Director (opens in a new tab)

The Counseling Center provides a variety of free and confidential mental health and wellness services to students in a non-judgemental environment. The goal of the Counseling Center is to assist the University in maximizing the personal growth and development of its students. Services provided include consultations, individual and group counseling, couples and family counseling, workshops, educational programming, prevention programs, 24-hour emergency services and referral coordination and resources.

Office of the Dean of Students

Judy Haas | Dean of Students (opens in a new tab)

The Office of the Dean of Students operates as an advocate for students and as a clearinghouse for questions regarding student life. This includes student health (extended illness, death in the family, ect.), extended absences, safety issues, conduct violations, and on and off campus behavior.

Electronic Student Services

Brian Brown | Director (opens in a new tab)

Electronic Student Services serves the Division of Student Affairs by providing web hosting; online application development; systems and solutions analysis; and escalated technical support to staff and on-campus residence halls.

Intercultural Student Affairs

Lamont Sellers | Director (opens in a new tab)

Intercultural Student Affairs provides marginalized and underrepresented students with mentoring, advocacy, community and identity affirmation; as well as by offering multiple and varied learning opportunities for all Appalachian students to develop an appreciation for diversity and different perspectives, enhance self-awareness, increase multicultural knowledge and strengthen intercultural competency.

New Mountaineer and Family Engagement

Sarah Garrow | Executive Director and (opens in a new tab)

The New Mountaineer and Family Engagement areas have combined the Orientation Office and the Parent & Family Services office.  This office provides assistance and engagement opportunities to new students, parents and family members of Appalachian students.

Off-Campus Student Services

Karla Rusch | Director (opens in a new tab)

Off-Campus Student Services provides programming and resources for Appalachian Students living off-campus or planning to move off-campus. They provide information that will help students make appropriate decisions about moving off-campus while teaching students problem-solving tools and strategies.


Plemmons Student Union

Dr. Brad Vest | Director (opens in a new tab)

As the centerpiece of the Appalachian campus, the Plemmons Student Union facilitates the mission of the University by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to participate in a variety of programs that enhance learning and foster an appreciation for college life and campus diversity.

Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives

Traci Royster | Director (opens in a new tab)

The Office of Staff Development & Strategic Initiatives facilitates professional development opportunities to full-time staff and graduate students throughout the Division of Student Affairs. This office also coordinates fundraising and communication for the Division of Student Affairs.

Student Conduct

Alicia Vest | Interim Director of Student Conduct (opens in a new tab)

The Office of Student Conduct works to educate students about community standards, promote student learning and accountability, and facilitate the development of thoughtful and responsible individuals. The University acknowledges that students have rights and responsibilities as members of the Appalachian State University community and that the University has expectations regarding the behavior of its members which extend beyond the classroom into all aspects of life.

M.S. Shook Student Health Service

Dr. Taylor Rushing | Medical Director

Ms. Margaret Bumgarner| Administrative Director (opens in a new tab)

The Mary S. Shook Student Health Service is a primary care ambulatory campus health clinic helping meet the needs of Appalachian State University students. The clinic provides accredited primary health care while engaging in ongoing collaboration with Academics and other Student Support Services throughout the University. Providing high-quality care at a low cost, the clinic is open year round with limited services on weekends and during semester breaks.

Student Legal Services

Karla Rusch, Attorney | Director (opens in a new tab)

Student Legal Services provides free, confidential legal advice to all students. A licensed attorney will provide information and advice and will assist students in developing strategies for addressing their issues. The attorney will also provide legal research, review court papers or other documents, help students draft written communications and make referrals.

University Housing

Dr. Brandon Nelson | Director (opens in a new tab)

University Housing provides safe and sustainable housing for the Appalachian community and creates a learning-centered home that engages residents to become active citizens of the world. They provide students with convenient, well-maintained housing and foster a learning-oriented community that creates connections and opportunities for meaningful experiences.

University Recreation

Rodo Leone | Director (opens in a new tab)

University Recreation facilitates an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities transform, engage, and care for the App State community to enhance student learning and development. University Recreation envisions an equitable UREC community with opportunities for everyone with everyone.

Wellness & Prevention Services

Jordan Perry | Director (opens in a new tab)

Wellness & Prevention Services' mission to serve all students through the promotion of healthy behaviors, risk behavior modification services, and advocacy for campus-wide health policies that facilitate student success and holistic well-being. We offer services promoting health awareness and active lifestyles while taking a holistic approach to wellness, encompassing eight dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.