Alumnus named fire chief in Winston-Salem

Antony R. Farmer '96 MBA, a 25-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Fire Department, was sworn in as the city's new fire chief in December 2008. Farmer oversees the city's 18 fire stations, 316 firefighters and an annual budget of about $25 million.

Previously, Farmer served as a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief and most recently a district fire chief with the department.

In addition to earning his master of business administration degree from Appalachian, Farmer graduated from the North Carolina Institute of Government.