Appalachian State University has announced some of the programs the school plans to offer at its new Hickory campus next fall.
Business, education and applied design will be among the Hickory campus offerings, according to a statement from App State Chancellor Sheri Everts released late Friday afternoon.
“Engineering – in many forms – and aviation have also been the subject of multiple conversations and some of our current academic offerings may provide a foundation for these programs in the future,” Everts said via the release.
She added: “We will continue to solicit feedback as we refine future and long-term plans. Starting next week, Academic Affairs will follow up on last week’s listening sessions with faculty and staff, and we’ll be sharing more about the vision for academic offerings on the Hickory campus in the weeks ahead.
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The announcement came after a meeting of the Hickory Campus Advisory Council, a body made up of elected and appointed government officials, business and civic leaders and university representatives.
The council was formed to help the university design programs that meet the needs of the region. The university also relied on listening sessions with groups inside the university to determine the future of the new campus.
The Friday afternoon advisory council meeting in Hickory was closed to the media, but members of the press were permitted to attend a breakfast with community leaders held that morning.
Everts did not go into specifics about the academic programs at the new campus, but did discuss some of the improvements the university is making and plans to make to the 226,000-square-foot building overlooking U.S. Highway 321 that once housed the headquarters of Corning Optical Communications. .
These included upgrades to information technology, roof, HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems as well as parking lots.
Everts also said the university’s board of trustees would hold a meeting at the Hickory campus in December.
Kevin Griffin is the Hickory City Reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.