Jigang “Harrison” He
President and CEO of Kestro Cos.
Appalachian Global Engagement Award
Appalachian State University
“Harrison has been a great supporter and friend of Appalachian State University for many years.”
Dr. Randy Edwards, vice chancellor for university advancement
BOONE, N.C. — During Appalachian State University’s campuswide celebration of International Education Week (IEW) in November, Jigang “Harrison” He, president and CEO of China-based Kestro Cos., was honored as the recipient of the inaugural Appalachian Global Engagement Award.
The Global Engagement Award recognizes individuals whose support of global engagement has resulted in more global learning opportunities for Appalachian students.
Dr. Randy Edwards, vice chancellor for university advancement, presented He with the award at the Global Leadership Awards Luncheon on Nov. 14.
Through his long-standing partnership with the Walker College of Business (WCOB) and his generous support of Appalachian, He has provided global learning opportunities for countless students over the years, Edwards said. In 2003, He served as a visiting executive in the WCOB.
“Harrison has been a great supporter and friend of Appalachian State University for many years. He has hired a number of students for internships with his companies in China and has hosted many dinners in China for delegations from Appalachian,” Edwards said.
He’s daughter, Michelle He ’13 ’15, is a two-time graduate of the WCOB. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in accounting.
“There are many individuals outside the university who have made significant contributions to support Appalachian’s global engagement efforts,” said Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, Appalachian’s associate vice chancellor for international education and development. “I am happy that this year we recognized Mr. Jigang ‘Harrison’ He as the first recipient of the Global Engagement Award.”
IEW is organized by Appalachian’s Office of International Education and Development in conjunction with IEW on the national level, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
About the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at https://business.appstate.edu.
About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society. Learn more at https://international.appstate.edu.
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 more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.