Heather Hulburt Norris, PhD

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • B.B.A., James Madison University

Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris joined the Walker College of Business faculty in the fall of 2003 in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance. She was named assistant dean for undergraduate programs in 2005, associate dean for undergraduate programs and administration in 2008, senior associate dean in 2012, acting dean in 2014, and interim dean in 2015. In July 2016, following a national search, Dr. Norris was named permanent dean of the Walker College and, in February 2020, was named interim provost and executive vice chancellor of Appalachian State University.

Prior to her time at Appalachian, Dr. Norris served on the faculty at Bowling Green State University, the Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University. Dr. Norris was drawn to Appalachian because of its clear mission and achievement of offering transformational educational experiences to students.

Her teaching and research interests involve corporate finance and investments, with a particular emphasis on corporate restructuring. She has been published in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Management, Managerial and Decision Economics and the Journal of Applied Business Research. Her work on corporate restructuring has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and Dow Jones Online News. Dr. Norris is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and serves on the board of the Southern Business Deans Association.  Dr. Norris also served many years on the board of directors of Children's Hope Alliance, the parent organization of Grandfather Home for Children and Barium Springs Home for Children. She served as a member of the board's finance committee and previously chaired the organization's Foundation Board. Dr. Norris has also served on the board of directors for the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.

Title: Interim Chancellor
Department: Academic Affairs

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2053

Mailing address
B.B. Dougherty Admin. Bldg.
Suite 207
407 Academy Street
ASU Box 32006
Boone, NC 28607