Novella Carpenter loves city life. She also loves being able to live sustainably off the land. In her bestselling book, 'Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer,' Carpenter chronicles how she joined these two loves and what she learned about community and herself in the process. Her book was read by incoming freshmen at Appalachian State University in 2012.
National publications consistently praise Appalachian for its quality education. Now, a new top administrator is taking the university's academics to an even higher level of excellence. Dr. Lori Gonzalez joined the Appalachian family in the fall of 2011. A native of Kentucky, she's a licensed speech pathologist and a former dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.
Lampe is a 1994 graduate of the Walker College of Business. He is vice president and chief financial officer for Hendrick Motorsports, overseeing the aviation, information technology, facilities and human resources departments.
Dubner is a 1984 graduate of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. He is co-author of the best-selling “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.” More than four million copies of the book have been sold and it has been translated into 35 languages. The book received a Quill Award in 2005, a BookSense Book of the Year Award, and a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education. It was also named a Notable Book by the New York Times.
Steinback is a partner with Asheville-based Stonebridge Partners, an operations-oriented private equity firm focused on acquiring and successfully growing middle-market manufacturing businesses. Steinback first became engaged with the university through the Walker College of Business’ Business Advisory Council, and later as a member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2002 and currently is vice chair of the board.
Stephen Dubner's successful book "Freakonomics" has been translated into 35 languages. It spawned a follow-up publication, an award-winning blog, a documentary and a public radio program. It also led this 1984 alumnus to become a regular contributor to ABC News and the NFL Network. His latest accolade, receiving the Distinguished Alumni award from Appalachian's Alumni Association.