New board member served government at highest level

Linda Combs '68 '78 has been elected to serve a four-year term on the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors. She retired in 2007 from a career serving the U.S. government at the highest level.

Over 14 years, Combs worked for three presidents, earned five Senate confirmations for various appointments, and served in the departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Treasury, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency. As controller of the United States in the Office of Management and Budget—her final position and a presidential appointment—she was responsible for audits totaling about $3 trillion a year.

Combs, a resident of Winston-Salem and Blowing Rock, previously served on the Appalachian Foundation Board of Directors and was chair from 1999-2001.

Created in 1970, the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc. receives and invests private funds to support the university. Its mission is to create the best possible learning environment for Appalachian students by funding scholarships and programs and providing other resources. With assets of more than $87 million, the foundation provided $10.21 million to support the university last year.