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David English

Associate Teaching Professor


David English serves as Associate Teaching Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development, where he has taught classes on higher education policy, organizational theory, and finance. David uses a sociological perspective to explore the role and function of higher education in American society, with a focus on policy and management, and student access and success. David also currently serves as Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research for the University of North Carolina System, where he is responsible for academic program planning and assessment, accreditation, faculty affairs, sponsored research, and graduate education. English previously served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is also a Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, having taught courses on the economics of higher education, college access, democracy and education, and sociology. He also worked in admissions and college access earlier in his career, including as Director of the state-wide college access program

David was a member of Leadership North Carolina Class XXI, was selected as the Appalachian State University Young Alumni Award Recipient in 2018, and the North Carolina State University Distinguished Alumni Award for the Higher Education program in 2019. He currently serves on the North Carolina Education and Workforce Innovation Commission, the North Carolina Higher Education Collaborative Advisory Committee, and previously served on the North Carolina Transfer Advisory Committee and the North Carolina ACT Council.


PhD in Education Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University
MA in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University
BSBA in Management from Appalachian State University
BSBA in Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University
BS in Industrial Technology from Appalachian State University


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