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.
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.