Message from the Dean
As the new Dean of the Reich College of Education, I am pleased that you have chosen to review our web site. The Reich College of Education is the cornerstone of the University and we are proud of our mission and heritage as a premier teacher's college in both the State and Southeastern Region of the United States.
The mission and values that attracted me to a position of leadership at Appalachian State are not merely rhetorical, but, steadfast values which are exemplified in our graduates whose lives of service and sacrifice are so indicative of the people who inhabit the Appalachian region of the United States. Here at Reich, we like to think that we breathe the mission of both the college and the university by producing some of the best teachers in the State.
And, what are those timeless values that anchor our College? They are the same values and vision that the first colonial settlers of this region sought as they moved West and are firmly centered in our conceptual framework: freedom of expression along with the unfettered search for independent thought, an extraordinary commitment to social justice and equity among a diverse and growing population, the belief that all children can learn no matter their class or station in life and a life-long commitment to ethical professionalism in their chosen educational vocations.
These are the values that both attracted and called me to this close-knit "family" of learners. As you review our programs and degree offerings, please remember that what makes ASU special is our strong sense of community. We believe that we have a particular responsibility to every admitted student here in reaching his or her highest academic potential. In so doing, we are achieving the mission of the UNC system of collegiate institutions to its citizens and, at the same time, investing in the future of this great State by graduating productive and informed citizens and professionals for a thriving democracy.
If you have questions, or, just want to come in for a visit, please call or email us so we can prepare for your time with us. Our doors are open and our time is yours.
Louis B. Gallien, Jr.
Dean and Professor