Appalachian State University Chancellor Ken Peacock
announced Thursday that he will step down from the post he has held for nine
Peacock announced the decision in a statement emailed to campus
faculty at 5:49 p.m. Thursday.
"This is a difficult decision for me, but I
believe it is the right time for Appalachian, and more importantly, the right time to make this
change for my family," Peacock said in the statement. "This is a decision both Rosanne and I have
Peacock said he informed UNC System President Tom Ross and
the ASU Board of Trustees of his decision on Thursday and that he plans to stay on as chancellor
until a successor is appointed to the position.
Peacock joined the faculty
in the Department of Accounting in the Walker College of Business in
"Becoming Appalachian's sixth chancellor in 2004 was an opportunity
of which I never dreamed I would have," he said. "I am grateful for this honor and many of the
experiences it has provided me, and I appreciate the camaraderie and support members of the
Appalachian community have graciously shared with me."
Peacock's tenure, ASU saw its freshman applications skyrocket; and the university achieved a number
of athletic accomplishments, including three national FCS football championships, the expansion of
Kidd Brewer Stadium and ASU's recent acceptance of an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference and
move up to the FBS level of competition.
The campus also completed a number
of other capital projects, including a new library and student recreation center, the construction
of a new dining hall and the expansion of the student union and honors residence
ASU also experienced challenges during Peacock's term, including
complaints that the university failed to adequately respond to rape accusations against four ASU
football players and another male student in 2011.
scrutiny in 2012 for placing sociology professor Jammie Price on involuntary administrative leave
without a hearing, which raised concerns among faculty about due process and academic
But in his letter, Peacock spoke in only positive terms about his
time at ASU.
"Rosanne and I both value the friendships we have made through
this university, and knowing those will continue makes such a difference for us as we prepare to
enter this next chapter of our lives," Peacock concluded. "I will continue to the best of my ability
to serve the faculty, staff and students of this great institution."
Athletics Director Charlie Cobb released the following statement Thursday: "Dr. Ken Peacock's
announcement that he is stepping down as Appalachian State University's chancellor came as a big
shock to the entire campus. No one embodies the Appalachian spirit better than Chancellor Peacock.
He is committed to Appalachian being its best in all endeavors. His leadership will be missed but,
thankfully, that will not be immediately."
Additional questions for the
chancellor sent to university spokesman Hank Foreman were not immediately addressed as of presstime
Thursday. An email to Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Steinback also was not immediately