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Title: Appalachian State University

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Founded in 1899 as Watauga Academy
By Brothers B.B. D.D. Dougherty
Small Beginnings
  • The Academy started with 53 students enrolled in
    3 grade levels (Up to 3rd Grade)
  • School was on 1.5 Acres
  • By 1900 they were offering Grammar High School
  • Early mission was to educate the mountain
    children of Western North Carolina

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The School Evolves
  • 1903- Appalachian Training School
  • Just a High School
  • 1921- Appalachian Normal School
  • Began to offer College Courses
  • 1929- Appalachian State Teachers College
  • Became a four-year institution

A Family Affair Dougherty College
  • B.B. Dougherty was President
  • Brother D.D. Dougherty was Treasurer and Business
  • D.D.s Daughter, Lillie Shull, taught music

A Lasting Legacy
L.S. Dougherty Building Family Consumer
Science Built in 1962
B.B. Dougherty Building Administration
Building Built in 1968
D.D. Dougherty Building Old Library Now houses
the LAP, Advising, ROTC Built in 1935
A School in BooneThe Lost Province
  • Boone was a remote location and an unlikely place
    to found a school
  • Harsh Winters
  • Poor Roads (Dirt Mud)
  • Students came to Boone on horseback
  • Population of Boone in 1899- 150
  • This isolation allowed the school to form its own
    identity with little outside influence

Let There Be Light!
  • Up until 1915, Boone had no electricity
  • B.B. created New River Light Power which
    supplied power to the school the Town of Boone
  • ASU still owns operates this
  • This means free power to the school!!
  • New River also donates 650,000 a year for

The only way to get to Boone was to be born in
The Railroad Changed This!
The Battle for the Rail
  • East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
    railroad (ETWNC)
  • Ran from Johnson City, TN to Cranberry, NC
  • Wanted to expand into Watauga County
  • Both Boone Banner Elk wanted the railroad to
    come through, but only one could have it!

Tweetsie Comes to Town
  • Boone was able to pass a bond referendum to help
    construct the railroad
  • The presence of Appalachian State Teachers
    College helped close the deal!
  • First locomotive arrived October 24, 1918
  • Near Depot Street

Tweetsies Effects
  • Ushered in many new businesses and hotels
  • Opened the area to new products such as
    magazines, papers, farm equipment, and new

Now its just a themepark
  • Floods in 1940 destroyed much of the track.
  • Reduced revenues forced the rail company not to
  • 1957- Tweetsie Railroad opens as a themepark!

Campus- 1926
The Reign of Blanford BarnardBackground
  • Born October 21, 1872
  • Education
  • Lenoir High School
  • Wake Forest (until his senior year)
  • Graduated from Carson Newman (1896)
  • Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill (1899)

Boys on one side, Girls on the other
  • Boys Girls were constantly separated
  • At all events (Chapel, Assembly, Sporting
    Events), Boys Girls sat on opposite sides
  • Residence Halls were divided by Kraut Creek
  • After the meal, a bell would be rung. Boys would
    leave first, then a second bell would be rung
    three minutes later, at which time girls would be

Separate Housing
Newland Hall (Original)
Lovill Home (Original)
Justice Hall (Original)
  • Freshman Girls- Allowed 1 date per week
  • Sophomore Girls- 2 dates per week
  • Junior Girls- 3 dates per week
  • Senior Girls- Unrestricted
  • Dates were carried on in the dormitory living
    rooms the assembly hall from 8-10 p.m. These
    dates were supervised.

Other Rules
  • Students had to walk straight from one class to
    another walking on the right hand side of the
    hall. No lingering was allowed.
  • Dormitory inspections for neatness
  • Grade for human behavior
  • Females could not ride in cars or stand by one
    for an extended conversation

Student Information Book, 1930
The End of an Era
  • Students began to protest against these
    restrictions (Student strikes in 1935 1943)
  • Students returning after WWII demanded greater
    freedom responsibility
  • Dougherty gradually began to give in
  • Dancing was allowed around 1940

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Out with the Old...
  • 1955- B.B. Dougherty retired as President of
    Appalachian State Teachers College
  • He served for 56 Years!!
  • President through
  • WWI
  • Great Depression
  • WWII
  • 10 U.S. Presidents (And FDR served 4 terms!!)

Enrollment Trends- Part I
Can you explain this?
Great Depression
Tuition, Fees, Room Board 200
Enrollment Trends- Part II
WWII 1941-1945
GI Bill
Did You Know?
  • There were classes on Saturday, but no classes on
    Monday. Monday was wash day.
  • The old campus hangout was the soda shop in the
    old university bookstore
  • Founders Hall used to be the county hospital
  • Whitener Hall was the old Elementary School
  • Chapell-Wilson was the old High School
  • The football field was located in between
    Edwin-Duncan Hall and Smith-Wright

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Precursor to Freshman Seminar?
Dr. William Plemmons
  • September 1, 1955- installed as President
  • Education
  • M.A. in History from Duke (1935)
  • Ph.D. in History Educational Administration
    from UNC-Chapel Hill (1943)
  • Background
  • School Teacher Principal
  • College Administrator at Chapel Hill

Building the Transition
  • Dr. Plemmons was known as the builder
    president, as twenty-four new buildings were
    constructed during his tenure
  • He coined the phrase The Appalachian Family and
    helped build school spirit.
  • Dr. Plemmons led the institution from a small
    single-purpose teachers' college to a
    multi-purpose regional university
  • Enrollment began to soar

Getting a Graduate Education
  • Cratis Williams helped form the graduate school
  • In 1953, there were 8 graduate degrees (all in
  • By 1958, there were over 30 different degrees!
  • We now have over 90 (including one doctoral
    program in educational administration)

The Symbolic Shift
December 29, 1966- Old Administration Building
burned down
Birth of ASU
  • This symbolized the demise of the old, making way
    for the birth of Appalachian State University
  • 1967- Officially became ASU

Enrollment Trends- Part IIIPlemmons Tenure
Baby Boomers!
No Longer Isolated
  • Boone was no longer a secluded location
  • New Roads, the Pretty Environment, the Ski
    Slopes brought many tourists to the area
  • Television Radio brought the outside world
    into Boone

A Common Experience
  • ASU began to reflect the tensions of the rest of
    the nation
  • Students protested against Vietnam Kent State
  • Muhammad Ali Jane Fonda came to speak here

Dr. Herbert Wey
  • Became ASUs third president in 1969
  • Education
  • Ed.D. from Indiana State University
  • Background
  • High School Administrator
  • Chair of the Education Department at ASTC
  • Dean of the Graduate School

A Member Institution
  • 1972- Appalachian State University becomes part
    of the UNC system
  • Herbert Wey becomes Chancellor

New Developments
  • Dr. Wey helped develop
  • Watauga College
  • College of Business
  • App House (Washington)
  • New York Loft
  • Broyhill Continuing Education Center (only 3rd of
    its kind in the nation)
  • Outdoor Programs
  • ASU Foundation
  • NCAA Athletics

Outstanding Faculty
  • Dr. Wey also brought in an excellent faculty.
  • There were many Ph.D.s graduating in the early
    1970s. Dr. Wey brought in many outstanding new
    instructors to ASU.

Dr. John Thomas
  • Became Chancellor in 1979
  • Education
  • B.S. in Engineering (University of Kansas)
  • Law Degree (University of Missouri)
  • M.S. in Research Development
  • B.B.A. in Business Administration (Florida State)
  • Background
  • Served in the Marines
  • Manager at NASA
  • Dean at ETSU
  • Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at ASU

A Wired Campus
  • Dr. Thomas installed a campus wide cable system
    (Appalnet) and wired all the buildings
  • At the time, this was on the leading edge

Dr. Frank Borkowski
  • 1993-2003
  • Education
  • Ph.D. in Music (West Virginia)
  • Background
  • College Teacher
  • Assistant Director of School of Music Associate
    Dean of Faculties at Ohio University
  • Vice-President Provost at University of South
  • President of University of South Florida

Growth and Prosperity
  • Dr. Borkowski focused on the student, expanding
    and bringing recognition to programs such as
    International Programs, Freshman Seminar, and
    diversity initiatives.

Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock
  • 2004-Present
  • Education
  • B.S. in Accounting from Mars Hill College
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Accounting from LSU
  • Background
  • Faculty at UVA
  • Faculty member/Associate Dean/Dean Walker College
    of Business
  • Interim Provost

Enrollment Trends- Part IV
National Recognition
  • Appalachian State University has been
    consistently ranked as one of the top regional
  • Ranked 4- Public Universities in the South

National Recognition Continued
  • Time Magazine College of the Year (2001)
  • Consumers Digest ranks ASU 30th in its list of
    Top 50 Best Values for Public Colleges and
    Universities (2004)
  • ASU was selected as one of 13 schools of
    distinction by the National Policy Center on the
    First-Year Experience.

History of Yosef
  • In Spring of 1942 the yearbook staff needed one
    additional picture to balance a pagethey used
    the earliest rendition of Yosef.
  • Original name was D. Boone Yourself
  • Due to a printing error the name was finally
    shortened to simply Yosef meaning he is a
    representation of all those who are a part of
    ASU, past and present.

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