BOONE—Two individuals have been selected for dean positions at Appalachian State University, beginning July 1. They are Phyllis Kloda, College of Fine and Applied Arts and Dr. Melba Spooner, Reich College of Education.
“I express my sincere appreciation to the search committees for their work this semester. Our searches attracted very high caliber candidates and each committee recommended stellar candidates. I look forward to working with each of these deans to ensure a bright future for the Reich College of Education and the College of Fine and Applied Arts,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Darrell Kruger.
- Dr. Melba Spooner – Reich College of Education
Spooner has spent her higher education career at University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she has been a faculty member and served in various roles in the College of Education including assistant dean; chair of the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education; and associate dean. She currently serves as senior associate dean. Having started her career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a classroom teacher and assistant principal, she has been a nationwide leader in professional education accreditation efforts.
- Phyllis Kloda – College of Fine and Applied Arts
Kloda currently serves as an associate dean in The School of The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at The College at Brockport, New York. She served as chair of the Department of Art at Brockport from 2006 until 2012. Prior to her arrival at Brockport, she was a faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University and at the University of Wyoming, where she was recognized with an Extraordinary Merit in Research Award for her scholarship along with an Ellbogen Teaching Award. She holds an M.F.A. in Ceramics and exhibits nationally and internationally.
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.