Pursuant to applicable provisions of the North Carolina General Statutes and Board of Governors’ policies, the chancellor at each institution has the authority to sign contracts, leases, and other legal documents. Accordingly, Appalachian State University’s Chancellor retains this authority at all times and may exercise this authority herself or through written delegations to other administrative officers.

Appalachian does not recognize contracts as binding that are signed by University employees that do not possess duly delegated signature authority. Employees who sign contracts without requisite authority may be personally liable for the contract, as well as being subject to employment disciplinary action.

In order for a delegation of authority to be valid, delegations must be in writing and include the following:

  1. the name, title or position of the individual to whom the delegation will apply and
  2. a description of the scope, terms, and limitations of the delegation.

The Office of General Counsel shall receive and retain a copy of all such delegations and maintain the official delegation chart for the University. If you have questions about who is authorized to sign a contract on behalf of the University, please contact the Office of General Counsel.