Friday, May 24, 2024

App State Provost Norris named as interim to succeed Everts

Heather Hulburt Norris, provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University, was appointed as interim chancellor to succeed Sheri Everts, who stepped down as chancellor after 10 years.

“Dr. Norris is an experienced and talented leader who is well regarded in the App State community,” UNC System President Peter Hans said in a release. “She has served in various roles at the university, from faculty member to dean to provost, and she has excelled at all of them because of her collaborative style and her commitment to public service.”

Norris joined App State in 2003 as a business professor. She became dean of the Walker College of Business in 2016. During her five-year tenure, the college grew its fundraising by 68%, added three endowed professorships and renovated its building.

Norris became provost and executive vice chancellor on an interim basis in 2020 and fully in 2021. She oversaw the development of the university’s 2022-27 strategic plan.

She previously was on the faculty at Bowling Green State University, Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from James Madison University and master’s and doctoral degrees in finance from Penn State.

App State plans a chancellor search but hasn’t set a timetable.

David Mildenberg
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