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Transfer Admissions and Engagement is located in the John Thomas Building in Suite 130. We are open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please feel free to contact us at 828.262.7877 or by email: 
Transfer Credit and All Other

Transfer Recruitment & Pre-Transfer Advising

Assists future transfer students (Boone campus | Hickory campus | App State Online) through the application process, advises on classes to take at their current institutions, and works closely with our community college partners. Find your assigned counselor.

Involvement & Retention

Helps students who have been admitted prepare, transition, and become involved while also connecting students to academic and personal support services to ensure their success at Appalachian.

TrACE (Transfer Accelerate Complete Engage)

UNC research grant program that provides intentional support to NCCC transfer students with an AA/AS degree to increase graduation rates.


Evaluates coursework for all students seeking to transfer credit from another 2- or 4-year domestic or international institution, military service, or AP / IB / CLEP / Cambridge exams; supports students who would like to pursue a degree through our App State Online cohort-based programs (fully online, hybrid, or face-to-face off-site) in all stages prior to their start at Appalachian, in addition to working closely with the directors of those Appalachian programs; supports special populations (e.g., second degree seekers, nontraditional students).


Oversees and supports Transfer Admissions and Engagement.

Transfer Recruitment & Pre-Transfer Advising

Name Contact

Ruthanne Combs

Coordinator of Transfer Pathway Programs

Emily Heaberlin

Associate Director of Transfer Recruitment

Marissa Hertzfeld

Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment

Kristi Leff

Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment

Kim Morton

Director of Transfer Recruitment and Retention

Avery Pitts

Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment

Alejandro Torres

Transfer Recruitment Specialist

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Joshua Yates

Assistant Director of Transfer & Military Recruitment

Involvement & Retention

Name Contact

Kate Ezzell

Assistant Director of Transfer Transition & Engagement

Cara Tomberlin

Transfer Transition & Engagement Specialist


Name Contact

Michael Brackett

Director of Operations

Selena Dollar

Assistant Director of Credit Evaluation

Matt Hatfield

Transfer Credit Evaluator

Hayley Painter

Transfer Operations Specialist

Sara Speed

Associate Director of Operations

Ethan Winkler

Transfer Credit Evaluator


Name Contact

Marlee Wegmiller

Administrative Support Associate

Nate Weigl

Senior Director

Andrea Winkler

Administrative Assistant


Name Contact
Kim Van Wei

Kim Van Wie

Director of TrACE

Kathryn Wright

TrACE Success Advisor