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 at Middle Fork. The Advisory Board has the following duties including:

  1. Monitor the operations of the Academy at Middle Fork 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 at Middle Fork  Principal and recommend corresponding action to the Chancellor. 
  4. Annual review evaluations of the Academy at Middle Fork'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. Denise Levy, Associate Dean for Academic Support, Beaver College of Health Sciences, Chair
  • James K. Reaves, Board of Trustees, Appalachian State University
  • Cheryl Dickson, Community Representative 
  • Tricia McManus, Interim Superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Dr. Lisa Gross, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dr. David Hostetler, Associate Professor, Leadership and Educational Studies
  • Dr. Rebecca Payne Jordan, Assistant Professor, Reading Education and Special Education 
  • Dr. Neva J. Specht, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Melba Spooner, Dean, Reich College of Education
  • Dr. Woodrow Trathen, Department Chair, Reading Education and Special Education


Kim Guenther, Board Secretary
Executive Assistant
Reich College of Education

Advisory Board Meetings

2021-22 Meetings

  • Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 

  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022

Time: Meetings begin at 3 p.m.

Location: Online 

Meeting Minutes

Minutes 2021-22

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 (PDF, 113 KB) 

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 

Thursday, March 3, 2022 

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Minutes 2020-21

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 (PDF, 130KB) 

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 (PDF, 113KB)

Thursday, March 4, 2021 (PDF, 79 KB) 

Thursday, June 3, 2021 (PDF, 88 KB)

Minutes 2019-20

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 (PDF, 113 KB)

Thursday, Dec.12, 2019 (PDF, 62KB)

Thursday, March 5, 2020 (PDF, 95 KB)

Thursday, June 4, 2020 (PDF, 94 KB)

Minutes 2018-19

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 (PDF, 57.31 KB)

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 (PDF, 57.9 KB)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (PDF, 81.8 KB)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (PDF, 100 KB)