Advisory Board

The Appalachian State University Advisory Board for the Academy at Middle Fork shall consist of 10 members appointed by the Chancellor, whose purpose is to provide advice and guidance to the Chancellor regarding the operation of the Academy. The Advisory Board has the following duties including:

  1. Monitor the operations of the Academy and the distribution of moneys allocated for such operations. 
  2. Recommend to the Chancellor necessary policy, program and administrative modifications. 
  3. Evaluate biennially the performance of the Academy Principal and recommend corresponding action to the Chancellor. 
  4. Annual review evaluations of the Academy's operation and research findings. 
  5. Such other duties as may be assigned by the North Carolina General Assembly or the University of North Carolina Board of Governors' Subcommittee on Laboratory Schools, pursuant to N.C.G.S. Chapter 116, Article 29A.

Advisory Board Members

  • Dr. Neva J. Specht, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Chair
  • Dr. Nickolas A. Jordan, Associate Professor, Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Vice Chair
  • Susan M. Branch, Board of Trustees, Appalachian State University
  • Cheryl Dickson, Community Representative 
  • Dr. Kenneth Simington, Interim Superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Dr. Lisa Gross, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dr. David Hostetler, Associate Professor, Leadership and Educational Studies
  • Dr. Denise Levy, Associate Dean for Academic Support, Beaver College of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Melba Spooner, Dean, Reich College of Education
  • Dr. Woodrow Trathen, Department Chair, Reading Education and Special Education


Vivid Oguntoyinbo, Board Secretary
University Program Associate
College Of Arts and Sciences

Advisory Board Meetings

Spring 2019 Meetings

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Time: Meetings begin at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Academy at Middle Fork Media Center, Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork, 3125 Williston Road Walkertown, NC 27051

Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (PDF, 57.31 KB)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (PDF, 57.9 KB)