Our History

031Dr. Blanford B. Dougherty (B.B.) and his brother Dauphin Disco Dougherty (D.D.) founded Watauga Academy in 1899 with the dream of helping children in North Carolina’s “lost provinces” discover educational opportunity to match the splendor of the mountains in which they lived. This tiny academy quickly evolved into a school preparing quality teachers to serve North Carolina.

 

  • 1903: Watauga Academy became Appalachian Training School (ATS)
  • 1922: Supervisor of Women-Jennie Todd begins; Supervisor of Men-O.L. Brown begins
  • 1929: Supervisor of Men -J.D. Rankin begins
  • 1941: Rhododendron was dedicated to Jennie Todd-Supervisor of Women
  • 1941: Myrtle Brandon begins as the Dean of Women formerly called Supervisor of Women
  • 1945: Myrtle Brandon, Dean of Women becomes Mrs. Myrtle B. Wilson
  • 1946: Helen Burch becomes Dean of Women
  • 1949: Nurse Mary Shook starts as the only Health Service Staff
  • 1950: Graduate Students arrived on campus (not sure in what areas)
  • 1953: Leo Pritchett becomes Dean of Men
  • 1956: Dr. William Plemmons becomes 2nd President of Appalachian State Teacher’s College
  • 1956: Barbara Stephenson becomes Dean of Women
  • 1957: Maxie G. Edmisten becomes Interim Dean of Women
  • 1959: Interim is removed from Maxie G. Edmisten’s title as Dean of Women
  • 1961: The Rhododendron is dedicated to Dean of Women, Maxie G. Edmisten
  • 1961: John Kirk becomes Dean of Men
  • 1962: Robert Brettenstein becomes Dean of Men
  • 1965: First Dean of Student Affairs is Herman R. Eggers and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs is O. Kenneth (OK) Webb, Jr. Ronny L. Brooks becomes Dean of Men; Maxie G. Edmisten is still Dean of Women
  • 1966: O. Kenneth Webb, Jr. becomes Dean of Student Affairs; Steve Gabriel becomes the Student Financial Aid Officer; Jack Groce becomes the Director of Recreation
  • 1967: Appalachian State Teachers College becomes Appalachian State University
  • 1967: A full-time physician, Dr. Lawrence Heavrin, is added to the College Infirmary staff; Steve Gabriel becomes the Director of Financial Aid
  • 1968: Peggy S. Whitaker becomes the Assistant Dean of Women; Dr. William “Buck” Derrick becomes Staff Physician for four months
  • 1969: September 1st-Dr. Herbert Wey becomes president of Appalachian State University
  • 1969: O. Kenneth Webb, Jr. is Dean of General College and Student Affairs
  • 1969: Lee McCaskey becomes the Director of Student Activities
  • 1969: Dr. Lawrence Heavrin resigns as campus physician on January 1 to work in private practice. Dr. Henry Burton, psychiatrist, becomes head of the Health Center. A new Psychological Services branch is formed headed by clinical psychologist Roger L. Steenland.
  • 1971: Braxton Harris becomes Dean of Student Affairs and Barbara Daye is Associate Dean of Students; O. Kenneth Webb, Jr. maintains the Dean of the General College title. Evan Ashby is the Director of Medical Staff; Bob Feid is the Assistant Director of Student Activities
  • 1972: Lee McCaskey becomes Director of Student Development and Bob Feid becomes the Assistant Director of Student Development.
  • 1972: Ralph Holt joins Student Health Services.
  • 1973: J. Braxton Harris becomes 1st Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • 1974: Bob Dunnigan is the Director of Living/Learning Programs, Jack Mulgrew is the Director of Counseling & Psychological Services, Ron Whittaker is the Director of the Student Union, Roger Whitener is the Director of Cultural Affairs and Leland Cooper is the Director of International Student Programs.
  • 1976: Bob Feid is the Associate Director of Complementary Education
  • 1976: Dr. William “Buck” Derrick joins Health Services staff permanently in September.
  • 1977: Lee McCaskey is the Director of Complementary Education which oversees Residential Life; Dino DiBernardi starts at Appalachian as a Greek Adviser and Assistant Director of Housing and Resident Programming. Rick Geis is the Director of Campus and Resident Programming.
  • 1978: J. Braxton Harris resigns at the end of the year as Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs to return to teaching.
  • 1978: ASU Student Legal Services was established as part of Complementary Education (Lee McCaskey)
  • 1979: Barbara Daye serves as Acting Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Rick Geis is the Director of Residential Programs; Archie Ervin is the Director of Minority Affairs (he served as the first full-time staff member to work with minority students); Bob Dunnigan and Bob Feid are the Associate Directors of Complementary Education
  • 1979: Chancellor Herbert Wey retired this year
  • 1980: Barbara Daye serves as the Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Dino DiBernardi serves as Director of Campus Programs; Glenn Osborne is the Assistant Director of Campus Programs.
  • 1981: Dave McIntire become ASU’s newest Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Barbara Daye serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Bob Feid serves at the Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • 1982: Bob Feid becomes the Director of Administrative Operations for Student Affairs; David Ball is hired as Director of Career Planning & Placement
  • 1983: Bobby Dunnigan is Director of Residence Life - 1983: H’Appy’s opened as the very first on-campus social center
  • 1985: Sally Atkins is the Director and Jon Hageseth is the Assistant Director of Counseling & Psychological Services Center
  • 1986: Barbara Daye becomes Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development
  • 1987: Dr. Pat Geiger is hired to work in the College Infirmary. She is the only female physician in Boone.
  • 1987: The Quinn Recreation Center opened in September as the first student recreation center constructed on a North Carolina campus. Students waited in line from Rivers Street to the front doors at the top of Stadium Drive to gain entrance on opening day in September.
  • 1989: David McIntire resigns as Vice Chancellor for Student Development. He is temporarily replaced by Barbara Daye in July. Bob Feid is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development. - 1990: Student Union additions were added; students proposed an activity center; increased tuition and fees
  • 1990: Gregory Blimling becomes Vice Chancellor for Student Development.
  • 1991: Dr. William “Buck” Derrick becomes the Director of the Mary S. Shook Student Health Service; Dave Robertson is the Director of Student Programs - 1997: Barbara Daye is Dean of Students/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development
  • 2001: Dr. William “Buck” Derrick retires and Dr. Patricia Geiger becomes Director of the Mary S. Shook Student Health Service
  • 2002: Susie Greene becomes Dean of Students/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development
  • 2004: Cindy Wallace becomes Vice Chancellor for Student Development (replacing Gregory Blimling).
  • 2005: Dino Dibernardi is named Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development
  • 2010: James J. Brown, III (JJ) is named Dean of Students/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development
  • 2016: Leroy Wright is hired as the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development (replacing Dino Dibernardi who retired in January)
  • 2016: Leroy Wright is appointed Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Development in June (replacing Cindy Wallace who retired in June).
  • 2017: James J. Brown, III (JJ) becomes Vice Chancellor for Student Development.
  • 2017: August 1st Student Development becomes Student Affairs