About Harvey R. Durham

Dr. Harvey R. Durham began his Appalachian career in 1965 as an assistant professor of mathematics. Two years later, he became chairman and associate professor of the mathematics department, before being promoted to professor and Associate Dean of the faculty in 1971.

From 1974-1979, Durham served as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and was the acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs during the 1979-80 school year. He took on the duties of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on a permanent basis in 1980 and continued as the university's chief academic officer until July 1, 2003. In 1989, he was promoted to Provost of the university and in 1998 became Appalachian's Executive Vice Chancellor. For the school year 2003-04, Dr. Durham served as Acting Chancellor at ASU. Upon his retirement, he was honored by the naming of Durham Park on Appalachian State University's campus.

Dr. Durham taught in Appalachian's Freshman Seminar program for more than seven years and he continued to serve as professor of mathematics during his entire administrative career.

Dr. Durham's community service is extensive. He served as a chairperson with the Watauga County United Way, a member of the Watauga County High School Advisory Council, a member of the Board of Directors of the Watauga Community Foundation, a member of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, and youth baseball coach with the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department.

In service to the state of North Carolina, Durham served on the State Goals and Policy Board and the Commission on the Future of North Carolina. For his duty to the State of North Carolina, Governor James Hunt awarded Durham with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1980. This honor is the highest bestowed upon a civilian in North Carolina.

Durham is also an active member of the academic community. He has held memberships in the American Association of Higher Education, the North Carolina Association of College and Universities, the American Mathematical Society and the North Carolina Academy of Sciences.

He has been actively involved with the American Council on Education Fellows and has been a state panelist with the Women Administrators in North Carolina Higher Education. He is associated with numerous academic honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Durham earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Wake Forest University in 1959. He went on to attain master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia in 1962 and 1965, respectively.

He is married to the former Susan Brooks Stephens of Thomasville, Georgia. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and they have three sons.

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Dr. Dan Friedman
Director of Freshman Seminar
Appalachian State University
1114 Old Belk Library
Boone, NC 28608

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