BOONE—Matthew T. Dockham will join Appalachian State University February 3 as the Director of External Affairs and Community Relations. He replaces Susan McCracken who left the role to become Director of the Career Development Center at Appalachian.
Most recently, Dockham served as Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Environmental Quality (formerly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources) in Raleigh, NC. Dockham served almost six years in increasingly responsible legislative support roles for Congresswoman Sue Myrick and three years as legislative assistant to United States Senator Richard Burr. Dockham holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University.
Reporting directly to Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, Dockham’s primary responsibility will be fostering, supporting and expanding the university’s relationships with state, regional and local governmental and non-governmental organizations in order to strengthen the university and its ability to deliver educational, service and research programs in support of its mission.
Chancellor Everts said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Matthew to our campus and look forward to working with him to support the great work of our faculty, staff and students. Matthew’s experience positions him to be an excellent representative and effective advocate in support of our university’s academic mission.”
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.