Appalachian State University’s Division of University Advancement supports and encourages the university’s mission by engaging alumni, friends and the greater community. University Advancement staff help connect these constituents with Appalachian through one-on-one contact and special programming, thereby securing the resources necessary to create the best possible learning environment for Appalachian students and to positively impact the community, region and state. The division incorporates the offices of Alumni Affairs, Development and the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc.
Meet the Vice Chancellor
Randy Edwards became Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at Appalachian State University in April 2017 after a national search. Edwards began serving as Interim Vice Chancellor on July 1, 2016. He is responsible for all areas of development, advancement services and alumni affairs. In addition, he serves as president of the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc.
Edwards became Chancellor Everts’ Chief of Staff in July 2014, with Vice Chancellor added to his title in 2015. He was Dean of Appalachian’s Walker College of Business for nine years and Chair of its Department of Accounting for 13 years. He first joined the business faculty in 1981.
Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in accounting from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Prior to working in higher education, Edwards was an auditor for Ernst & Ernst, now Ernst & Young.
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