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App State Students Seeking Insight On Chancellor Search

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Boone, NC - Appalachian State University’s student newspaper, The Appalachian, is taking issue with the school’s decision to keep the candidates for its new leader confidential.

In April 2013, Chancellor Kenneth Peacock announced he would be stepping down once the new leader of Appalachian State was found. Then in October, the search committee for the new chancellor announced that it would not make the names of potential candidates public, as had been done during the search for Peacock.

In January, The Appalachian ran a front page editorial asking the committee to open the search and reveal the names of the candidates.

“There’s a number of fears," Michael Bragg, editor-in-chief, said. "I think one of the biggest ones though; something that I’ve seen is that these search committees will try to hire CEOs or other public figures that don’t really fit into a university setting. Business minded people are good, but I want to see an academic in the mix.”

With Appalachian State University conducting a search in secret, what could happen with the other 15 UNC System schools?

“I would hope that there would be a move towards open searches," Managing Editor Joshua Farmer said. "I think that’s important being that it is public universities, we’re paying tax dollars and the state’s paying into these schools. Obviously, the public has a right to know what’s happening, especially, with the public face and the leadership of the administration at those institutions.”

At the moment, The Appalachian’s plea has not shaken loose any new information from the members of the search committee.

“We’re still hopeful that maybe we’ll get a short list out of it. I don’t really expect it, but I can still hope for it,” said Farmer.

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