APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY: Founders Day to be held September 5

Appalachian State University recently issued the following announcement.

Appalachian State University will host its annual Founders Day celebration with a full slate of events, including music and refreshments on Sanford Mall, presentations about the university’s history, a panel discussion with a former Chancellor and prior university administrators, the dedication of a new statue and the induction of inaugural members into the Bell Ringers Society.

Appalachian faculty, staff and students, as well as the public, are invited to attend.

“Appalachian State University has a 120-year legacy of educational leadership,” Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “What began as Watauga Academy in 1899 has flourished into Appalachian State University — the premier, public undergraduate university in North Carolina. Our graduates go on to staff critical workforce areas and develop into engaged global leaders who are shaping the world around us. I am proud of all we have accomplished and I look forward to continued innovation by our students, alumni, faculty and staff.”

In 2018, the university began a new tradition of holding a formal Founders Day ceremony at Founders Plaza. This annual event recognizes the anniversary of the first classes held at Watauga Academy in 1899 and honors the founders of Appalachian State University — B.B. Dougherty, D.D. Dougherty and Lillie Shull Dougherty.

This year, the university is inviting selected members of the Appalachian Community to ring the Founders Bell during the ceremony. The university’s Founders Bell was relocated from its former display outside Anne Belk Hall to a newly constructed pavilion on Founders Plaza, a structure designed to mirror the original architecture of Watauga Academy.


Name: Founders Day

Date & Time: Thursday, Sept. 5, 201912:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Founders Plaza (Main university entrance/Hardin St.) and other campus locations

Original source can be found here.

Source: Appalachian State University 

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