Dr. James Beeler, Ed.D

Educational Background

  • University of Tennessee

    • Bachelor of Arts

    • History

  • Appalachian State University 

    • Master of Arts

    • (Appalachian) History 

  • North Carolina State University

    • Doctorate of Education 

    • Adult and Community College Leadership

What clubs, sports or experiences were you involved in in college?

My formula for undergraduate school was to balance academic, extracurricular, and social activities. To do this I set course on a pre-law history major and used elective courses to engage in extracurricular activities. I played in the marching band, the basketball pep band, and took piano, voice and music theory classes. I also took PE courses in racquetball, tennis, wrestling, swimming, lifesaving, bowling, and social dance. I was very active in my dorm and participated in campus wide All-Sing competitions as well as intramural basketball, flag football, and softball. I was on a College Bowl team that placed second in the university two years in a row. In my junior year I became a Resident Advisor in the dorm and later an Assistant Head Resident and Head Resident. These activities got me involved in all sorts of campus goings on - I accomplished my goals, graduated on time, and really enjoyed college! 

Why should students in the Appalachian region consider going to college?

We live in the most beautiful place on earth. Our home is a gift and a blessing. The best way to continue living fulfilling lives in this region is to have choices, and a college degree opens doors and helps one see possibilities. Going to college may prepare you for a lifelong dream to embark on a chosen career. It may also provide a broad education that helps you envision new ways of working and create opportunities. For example, who would have ever thought that my degree in Appalachian history would lead to a career working in education and high-tech, taking me to all parts of the USA and Asia?

What is one piece of advice you might be able to offer a middle or high school student?

Get involved in some extracurricular activity and do it long enough and well enough to understand what it means to be excellent. For me, it was band. I was involved in all band activities in middle and high school. This allowed me to be in the band at a major university, travel and perform on national TV, and get great seats for sold out football and basketball games! I also learned about the organization, collaboration, and effort necessary to perform at a high level and this has helped me in many other areas.  


Title: Director
Department: College Access Partnerships

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8016