Appalachian State University Historical Timelines
Administration/Faculty/Staff: 1980 - 1989
1980: James Jones resigns as director of the Athletic Department in June. He is replaced by Clarence Gilstrap.
1980: Sandra Godsey becomes Appalachian State’s first female security officer.
1981: Hank Steinbrecher resigns as the Soccer Coach to take a position in Boston University.
1982: Richard Sorensen resigns as dean of the College of Business.
1982: Clarence Gilstrap resigns and is replaced by Jim Garner as director of the Athletic Department in the fall.
1983: Frank Bruno resigns as dean of the College of Learning and Human Development and is replaced by Dr. Ben Strickland.
1983: James Jackson resigns as dean of College of Continuing Education.
1983: J. Paul Combs becomes dean of the College of Business.
1984: James William Byrd becomes new Dean of College of Arts and Sciences.
1984: William Howard Plemmons dies.
1985: Cratis Williams dies.
1985: College of Education named in honor of Ed & Lois Reich ($1 million gift).
1985: Ronny Brooks, dean of Students since 1971, dies.
1986: Professor William Spencer retires from Department of Music.
1987: Dr. Pat Geiger is hired to work in the College Infirmary. She is the only female physician in Boone.
1987: W. Hoyt Safrit retires from the Music Department.
1988: Dayton Cole becomes University Attorney.
1988: J. Paul Combs resigns as dean of the College of Business.
1988: ASU Board of Trustees approves School of Music.
1989: Grant Davis becomes dean of the College of Business.
1989: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Harvey Durham becomes University Provost.
1989: Football coach Sparky Woods resigns from Appalachian State.
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