Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Alumni Award

Each year, the College of Arts & Sciences presents the Outstanding Alumni Award to a former student in the College. The award was instituted in 1998 to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through their remarkable contributions to a profession, through their ability to provide leadership, through public service activities, through outstanding creative endeavors or through other accomplishments.

Nominations are open for the 2016-17 Outstanding Alumni. Deadline is the last Friday in February, 2017. To nominate an alumni for the Outstanding Alumni Award, please click here to fill out the nomination form. Nominations are due the last Friday in February by 5:00 pm.


2015 - 2016 Recipient

The recipient of the 2015-2016 Outstanding Alumni Award is Michael Peoples.

peoples2.jpgMichael has over 15 years of experience in local government management and has served the City of Gastonia as Director of Enterprise Services for the past year. Michael previously served as Town Manager for the Town of Cramerton from 2005 to 2015 and as Town Administrator in Grifton, NC from 2000 to 2005. Michael graduated from Western Carolina University in 1998 with a B.S. in History and a B.S. in Political Science and then from Appalachian State University in 2000 with a Master Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Town, City and County Management. Michael has also completed the UNC School of Government’s Municipal Administration Course, Effective Management Course, the Public Executive Leadership Academy and the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute.

Michael is a member of the International City and County Management Association where he has achieved the Credentialed Manager status, NC City and County Management Association, where he serves as Chairman of the Professional Development Committee, President of the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association and a member of the NC League of Municipalities Legislative Action Committee. Michael was also awarded the 2014 Harley B. Gaston, Jr. Public Service Award from the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce.

Michael is from the Iredell/Alexander County area and is married to Jamie who is an Assistant Principal at Hunter Huss High School, They have two children, Bryson and Tucker. They are members of First Baptist Church Cramerton. Michael enjoys coaching youth athletics, playing golf, watching sports, listening to music of all genres and spending time with family and friends. For all his accomplishments, we honor Mr. Michael Peoples as the 2016 College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni.