Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. June 20, 2014. BOONE, NC — Appalachian State University’s first couple, Chancellor Kenneth E. and Mrs. Rosanne Peacock, were honored recently by Appalachian’s Alumni Association for their 31 years of service to the university.
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Each was presented with the Appalachian Medallion, the highest honor conferred by the university, during the Alumni Association’s Awards Gala held June 7.
The medallion is presented selectively to individuals demonstrating commitment and significant service to Appalachian. Recipients have earned both the individual and collective respect and admiration of the university community.
“The Peacocks’ generous service to Appalachian truly exemplifies the dedication and commitment so identified and treasured with the rich heritage of the university,” said Patrick K. Setzer ’90 ’98, executive director of Alumni Affairs andAnnual Giving. “It is fitting that the Alumni Association has an opportunity to say thank you and recognize the Peacocks’ three decades of service, leadership and partnership with this most grateful university community.”
Alumni Association President James K. Reaves ’93 spoke of Chancellor Peacock’s passion, persistence and patience during his tenure at Appalachian, which included time in the Walker College of Business as a faculty member, assistant dean, associate dean and later dean of the college. He also served one year as the university’s interim provost.
Reaves highlighted some of Peacock’s accomplishments, including creating the ACCESS program that offers qualified low income students the ability to attend Appalachian debt free, establishing the College of Health Sciences, and advocating on behalf of students, faculty and staff for equitable state funding.
“As you leave the position as our beloved chancellor, I think that one of your greatest legacies is the fact that you believe and are willing to fight for your belief that everyone deserves a quality education,” Reaves said.
Reaves spoke of Rosanne Peacock’s passion for and support of the university’s cultural and fine arts programs, as well as her support of her husband during his tenure at Appalachian.
“We will never know how many ideas your husband sought your counsel on, how many speeches you helped him write or the many times you just listened and encouraged him during the last 31 years at Appalachian,” he said. “We thank you and appreciate you for always embracing us with your charm, grace and warm hospitality.”
The Peacocks are leaving the university at the end of June. Chancellor Peacock announced last spring that he would leave his administrative post after serving 10 years as chancellor. The couple plan to make Winston-Salem their home.