About the Interim Dean

Mike Madritch, Interim DeanAbout Mike Madritch

Dr.  Michael Madritch joined the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University in 2009 as an assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 2019. He has served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2020.

Madritch’s scholarship focuses on linking aboveground forest biodiversity and canopy chemistry with belowground ecosystem processes. On campus, Madritch has worked with experts in Facilities Operations to certify App State as a Tree Campus USA by the National Arbor Foundation.

He holds undergraduate degrees in biology, biochemistry and chemistry from North Carolina State University and earned a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia before postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin.

Madritch has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective Oct. 11, 2021 until a national search has concluded.