Since Chancellor Everts Took Office, There Have Been Mass Senior Staff Changes, Which Resulted In Displacing Public Servants With Nearly 126 Years Of Experience At ASU

Since Chancellor Everts took office, at least 7 officials involved in the administration of Appalachian State University and who had a collective of nearly 126 years of experience with the university have either left or have been forced out of their positions:


•    Charlie Cobb – Former Athletic Director (9 Years). Cobb elected to leave his position on his own volition and take the same position with Georgia State University.  “Charlie Cobb, who served as Appalachian State University’s director of athletics since 2005, resigned on Thursday to accept the same position at Georgia State University.” (“Charlie Cobb Resigns As Appalachian State AD To Accept Same Position At Georgia State University,” High Country Press, 8/15/14)


•    Lori Gonzalez – Former Provost (3 years). Gonzalez served as the provost for three years, before stepping down to serve as a special assistant to the chancellor. She left that position 18 days later. “Former Appalachian State University Provost Lori Gonzalez’s new post will take her to Chapel Hill, a UNC system official confirmed. ASU announced earlier this month that Gonzalez would be stepping down as provost and executive vice chancellor and assuming the role of special assistant to the chancellor on Oct. 11.” (Anna Oakes, “Gonzalez Moves To UNC System Offices,” Watauga Democrat, 10/29/14)


•    Rick Beasley – Former Deputy Athletics Director (9 years). Beasley elected to retire early in June 2015 after having served in the Athletics Department for 9 years. However, Beasley quickly became a Sr. Associate Athletics Director at Georgia State University by November of the same year. “Appalachian State University deputy athletics director Rick Beasley announced his retirement on Tuesday, effective June 30… Beasley joined the Appalachian athletics staff in 2006 as a senior associate athletics director and was promoted to deputy athletics director in 2014. In his role, Beasley served as the athletics department’s chief development officer and was heavily involved in the department’s day-to-day operations.” (“App State Deputy Athletics Director Rick Beasley Announces Retirement Effective July,” High Country Press, 5/6/15)


•    Greg Lovins – Former Vice Chancellor For Business Affairs (25 years). Lovins elected to retire in 2016 after 25 years of public service at Appalachian. However, Lovins left Appalachian to join the administration at Lander University in a similar role. “Appalachian State University’s vice chancellor for business affairs, Greg Lovins, will retire effective April 1, according to an email from Chancellor Sheri Everts addressed to the Appalachian community on Feb. 8. Lovins has worked for 25 years at the university and 32 years at the state level. He will go on to work at South Carolina’s Lander University as vice president for business and administration — chief financial officer.” (Erika Giovanetti, “Vice Chancellor Lovins Retires From ASU,” Watauga Democrat, 2/11/16; Lander University, “Lander Announces The Appointment Of Two New Vice Presidents,” Press Release, 1/28/16)


•    Susan Pettyjohn – Former Vice Chancellor For University Advancement (9 years). Pettyjohn elected to retire from Appalachian after 9 years at Appalachian. “Susan Pettyjohn, vice chancellor for university advancement, has announced her retirement from Appalachian State effective June 30, ASU Chancellor Sheri N. Everts announced in a Feb. 25 email… Prior to joining ASU nine years ago, Pettyjohn served as associate vice president for development at the College of William and Mary.” (Anna Oakes, “Pettyjohn To Retire From ASU,” Watauga Democrat, 3/1/16)


•    Dino DiBernardi – Former Assistant Vice Chancellor For Student Development (39 Years). DiBernardi elected to leave after 39 years at Appalachian in 2016. “At his retirement celebration on Jan. 29, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Development and former Plemmons Scholar Matt Dull mentioned stories of DiBernardi’s childhood and quoted something DiBernardi would often tell his children: ‘There isn’t anything you can think of that I haven’t already tried.’ … DiBernardi started working at Appalachian in 1977 as a Greek adviser and the assistant director for Housing and Resident Programming. He then became the associate director of Complementary Education, and progressed to the associate director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Then, in 1990, he became the director of CSIL. He started as associate vice chancellor of Student Development, the position he has now retired from, in 2006. During his time at Appalachian, DiBernardi completed many projects that have shaped the university of today.” (Stephanie Sansoucy, “An Appalachian Legend Retires,” The Appalachian, 2/4/16)


•    Cindy Wallace – Former Vice Chancellor For Student Development (32 Years). Wallace was suddenly let go from ASU’s administration during the summer while students were away from campus. “Appalachian State Chancellor Sheri N. Everts announced Wednesday that effective June 3, Cindy Wallace no longer serves in the role of vice chancellor for student development at the University. The Watauga Democrat reports that an email from Everts indicated that the Chancellor decided to initiate a leadership change in the Division of Student Development and that an interim vice chancellor would be appointed, and a national search will begin soon. Everts says she will keep the campus community updated through the search process, and thanked Wallace for her years of service and commitment to the University.  Wallace served 12 years at the position and more than 30 years at ASU.” (Bill Fisher, “Wallace No Longer Vice Chancellor For Student Development At ASU,” Go Blueridge Net, 6/9/16)


Student Led Petitions Garnered Thousands Of Signatures For Removal Of Chancellor Everts Following Removal Of Wallace

Two change.org petitions garnered more than 2,000 signatures for the removal of Chancellor Everts as chancellor of Appalachian State University following the removal of Wallace. “So far, UNC President Margaret Spellings has gotten to hire one chancellor for the system’s 17 campuses. A social-media outcry wants her to make that two, sooner rather than later. Voiced via two change.org petitions, the campaign targets Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts, who’s been on the job since the summer of 2014. More than 2,000 people have signed the petitions, both of which ask Spellings, the system Board of Governors and campus trustees to fire Everts immediately. The ostensible motive for the campaign is Everts’ own personnel decisions, most notably her firing on June 3 of Appalachian’s longtime student-affairs chief, Cindy Wallace.” (Ray Gronberg, “Spellings Petitioned To Sack ASU Chancellor,” The Herald Sun, 6/16/16)