The Appalachian State University community is mourning the death of former chancellor Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock. 

Peacock started as a professor and dean of the Walker College of Business, later serving in administrative positions as interim provost and executive vice chancellor. 

He was named chancellor in 2004 and held the position until stepping down in 2014.

A cause of death was not released.

Current Chancellor Sheri Everts credited Peacock’s leadership in establishing the College of Health Sciences and a new building for the Reich College of Education. 

It was also under his watch that the football program joined the Sun Belt Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision. And they also beat Michigan.

University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans says Peacock brought an infectious energy to App State. He says someone could stand anywhere on campus and see Peacock’s legacy.

The Walker School of Business, where Peacock got his start, is now in a hall named for him.

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