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Ken Peacock Obituary – Death: Former App State Chancellor Ken Peacock Has Passed Away

Ken Peacock, who was chancellor of Appalachian State University for 10 years, died unexpectedly early Friday morning.

Current Chancellor Sheri Everts announced Peacock’s death in an email to the university community on Friday afternoon. He was 75.

He and his wife, Rosanne, lived in Bermuda Run.

While chancellor from 2004-14, Peacock oversaw the establishment of the College of Health Sciences, opened a new building for the Reich College of Education and began a program that gives low-income students from North Carolina the chance to earn a degree, debt-free.

Enrollment mushroomed during his chancellorship, helped in part by the success of the school’s football team, which won national championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

“Because of that job, I could get down to the field, look up and see thousands of students cheering for their team. And that said a lot to me,” Peacock said in a 2017 interview with the Journal.

Peacock spent more than 30 years in Boone, first as a professor and later as chancellor. He and his wife lived part-time in Bermuda Run West in 2012 and then moved there fulltime in early 2017.

The two met, dated and married while working and living in Winston-Salem, he at Price Waterhouse and she at Bo-Ty Florist.

“We both decided that it would be good to get away a little, out of the limelight, and we decided that Winston-Salem felt like home as much as any other place,” Peacock said.

He served on Bermuda Run’s planning board and was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Rick Cross on the Bermuda Run Town Council when Cross became mayor.

“Ken left a lasting impression on our community through his selflessness,

determination, and devotion to improving the lives of others,” Cross said in a statement. “His contributions to our community and region will be remembered for years to come.”

Everts said Peacock “cared deeply for students, and as a first-generation college graduate, he understood the sacrifices many families make to send their children to college. Personally and professionally, he worked to ensure App State students had not only the financial support, but also the personal and professional support they needed to succeed.

“The university and the High Country have lost a beloved leader, but his legacy certainly continues. Our hearts are with his family and many loved ones during this difficult time.”