In 2012, Appalachian’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program engaged 322 faculty, staff and students in service opportunities in 18 U.S. locations, as well as in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru and Jamaica.
A leader in public service, the honorable Martin Lancaster has led a long and distinguished career which encompasses his early years in the United States Army and Navy, a total of 16 years serving in both the U.S. and North Carolina Houses of Representatives, the president of the North Carolina Community College System, and now an attorney at Smith Anderson in Raleigh. He has received a multitude of awards recognizing his service, including the appointment of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
At Appalachian, we welcome everyone into our family. We appreciate what each unique individual brings to Appalachian, because we know it makes our community richer. Whether you choose to come to our campus or you find another place to call home, we want you to know that it really does get better.
Students from Appalachian designed and built this affordable net-zero-energy home for the U.S. Department of Energy's 2011 Solar Decathlon. Their entry performed extremely well against 19 teams from around the world.
A Harvard graduate, Christopher McDougall was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and has written award-winning articles for The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, Esquire and other publications. He is also an avid runner. In search of answers to his question "Why does my foot hurt?" McDougall ran across the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico and the story that ensued formed the basis of the best-seller "Born to Run."
Creating retirement living that is shaped by personal choices, not circumstances, has been the goal of Stephen Fleming. As president and CEO of Well-Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro, he has created innovative partnerships to better serve older adults and his organization has won national awards for quality of services and workplace culture.
Martha Guy is known throughout North Carolina and beyond as an icon and pioneer for women in the banking industry. A native of Newland, Guy served and led Avery County Bank for more than 60 years in every capacity from assistant cashier to president. She was inducted into the North Carolina Banking Hall of Fame in 2010 and has been honored by the North Carolina Bankers Association with its Legends in Banking Award.
Doug Johnson is the chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, based in Lenoir. He is a 1977 graduate of the Walker College of Business, with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
A 1997 graduate of Appalachian's Walker College of Business, Sparks earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. In 1998, earned a master's degree in accounting at Appalachian. He returned to graduate study at UNC Chapel Hill, where he completed his M.B.A. in 2004.