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Appalachian State Chancellor Kenneth Peacock To Step Down, Will Stay Put Until His Successor Is Found

Kenneth PeacockBy Jesse Wood

April 18, 2013. Today, ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock announced that he is stepping down from his post. The announcement was posted on the ASU webpage of the Office of the Chancellor. In 2004, Peacock became ASU’s sixth chancellor. He joined the institution in 1983 as a faculty member of the Walker College of Business’ Department of Accounting and steadily moved through the ranks. 

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See his announcement below:  

Dear Members of the Appalachian Community:

After nine years as Appalachian State University’s chancellor, I have decided to step down from this office. This is a difficult decision for me, but I believe it is the right time for Appalachian, and more importantly, the right time to make this change for my family. This is a decision both Rosanne and I have made together.

Today I informed UNC System President Tom Ross and members of the Appalachian Board of Trustees of my decision. I plan to stay on as chancellor until a successor is appointed to the position.

I am proud to have served this University since 1983 when I joined the faculty in the Department of Accounting in the Walker College of Business. Becoming Appalachian’s sixth chancellor in 2004 was an opportunity of which I never dreamed I would have. I am grateful for this honor and many of the experiences it has provided me, and I appreciate the camaraderie and support members of the Appalachian community have graciously shared with me.

Rosanne and I both value the friendships we have made through this University and knowing those will continue makes such a difference for us as we prepare to enter this next chapter of our lives. I will continue to the best of my ability to serve the faculty, staff and students of this great institution.

Your continued support is appreciated; your friendship is treasured.

With Appalachian Pride,

Kenneth E. Peacock


Peacock’s Bio from ASU’s website: 

Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Peacock served at Appalachian as interim provost and executive vice chancellor. He joined the faculty in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business’s Department of Accounting in 1983, was appointed assistant dean of the business school in 1987, associate dean in 1989, and served as dean of the college from 1992-2003. Prior to his appointment to the chancellor’s post, he served as interim provost and executive vice chancellor of ASU.

Previously, he taught at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and worked for the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse & Co. in their Winston-Salem and Charlotte offices.

He received his undergraduate degree in accounting at Mars Hill College and his master’s and doctorate degrees in accounting at Louisiana State University. In September 2006, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Mars Hill College.

Chancellor Peacock serves on the American Council on Education’s Board of Directors, NCAA Division I Presidential Advisory Group, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors, Homes for Children Board of Directors, and he chairs the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board. He has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He also is the recipient of the Golden Eagle Award for Leadership from AdvantageWest and the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award from Leadership North Carolina.

Chancellor Peacock is a native of Rocky Mount. He and his wife, Rosanne, have two grown sons. The Peacocks are involved in a variety of civic/community programs and activities.