Past Boyles Lecture Series Speakers

The Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series brings high level executives to App State's campus so students can learn from, and interact with, them. The following is a list of past speakers in the Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series.



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Tammy DeBoer '91
Harris Teeter

Cultivating a Thriving Company Culture: Unlocking the Power of People
March 22, 2024


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  • Boyles Lecture Video - Tammy DeBoer (forthcoming)
  • Executive Luncheon Video - Amaya Crawford (forthcoming)

Jamie Harris '84
Chief Financial Officer

Lessons in Leadership: Business to Baseball
April 20, 2023



Pamela Mars Wright
Mars, Incorporated

March 17, 2022

Jose Minaya
Nuveen, a TIAA Company

 October 2, 2020

Suggested reading: How Nuveen uses responsible investing across asset classes to seek higher returns and manage risks

Suggested reading: Investing in tomorrow's world - our sustainability approach and review of our 2019-2020 achievements

Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Making Positive Changes in the World

April 26, 2019


Michael Hastings
Global Head of Corporate Citizenship
KPMG International

If Only I Had Planted a Tree: Distraction and the Billion Dollar Opportunity

March 23, 2018


John Silvia
Chief Economist
Wells Fargo

Optimism on Growth on the Basis of Thoughtful Stimulus

March 31, 2017



Paul Thompson
Founder and Chairman
Transportation Insight 

The Seven Attributes of a Great Leader 

Oct 28, 2016


David Carroll
Senior EVP, Wealth and Investment Management
Wells Fargo & Company

Making – and Keeping – Yourself Relevant in Today's World

March 24, 2016



Bonnie Schaefer
Westglow Resort & Spa

Finding Your Path

Oct 23, 2015


John Osborn
President & CEO
BBDO New York

Built to Serve

Apr 15, 2015


Jim Blaine
President & CEO
State Employees' Credit Union

Financial Stewardship for North Carolina

Oct 13, 2014 

Kenneth E. Peacock
Appalachian State University

Seizing Life's Opportunities

Mar 21, 2014


Brad Wilson
President and CEO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Prescription for a Better Health Care System

Oct 25, 2013 

Kelly King

Economic Realities – Post Election

Apr 18, 2013


Robert Tillman, former chairperson, president and CEO of Lowe’s Companies Inc.;
William Holland, former chairman and CEO of United Dominion Industries;
Robert Ingram, former CEO and chairman of GlaxoWellcome; and 
James Morgan, president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.

50th CEO Lecture, panel discussion featuring four former CEO speakers

Oct 9, 2012 


Frank B. Holding Jr.
Chairman and CEO
First Citizens BancShares Inc. and its First Citizens Bank subsidiary

Leading in Today’s New World

Apr 3, 2012


John H. Sykes
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Sykes Enterprises

Leadership in the 21st Century

Nov 8, 2011


Gene Cochrane '72
The Duke Endowment

The Independent Sector: The Intersection of Business and Philanthropy

Mar 17, 2011

James "Jim" Rogers
Duke Energy

Future of the energy industry

Oct 12, 2010

Clark S. Kinlin
Corning Cable Systems

Kinlin Speech

Mar 25, 2010

Kelly King

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Oct 5, 2009

Jim Morgan
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Pursuing a Passion, while Writing an Epitaph

Mar 26, 2009

 CEO Lecture Video - Jim Morgan

Tom Kilgore
Tennessee Valley Authority

Future Relationship with Energy (not available online) 


Joan Zimmerman
Southern Shows, Inc

You Don't Get A Reputation for What You are Going to Do

Apr 1, 2008


Robert Niblock
Chairman and CEO
Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Thoughts on Leadership

Oct 23, 2007


Suzanne H. Freeman
Carolinas Medical Center

Tea Bags, Boomerangs and Yardsticks

Mar 27, 2007


Edward R. "Bobby" Ginn 
The Ginn Company

Developing a Vision of Master Planned Communities

Oct 4, 2006


G. Alexander Bernhardt Sr.
Chairman and CEO
Bernhardt Furniture Industries

The Inevitability of Change

Apr 6, 2006


Ernie Schaub
President and CEO
EnPro Industries

How Old Values Succeed in a New Era

Nov 9, 2005


Duane Ackerman
Chairman and CEO
BellSouth Corporation

Leading with Balance in a High-Speed World

Apr 7, 2005


Robert Greczyn Jr.
Chairman and CEO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Where the Buck Stops: Personal Responsibility in a "Not Me" Society

Sep 21, 2004


Robert Ingram
Vice Chairman Pharmaceuticals

Ethics and Industry: The Face in the Mirror

Mar 18, 2004


Robert S. Stec '76, '77
Chairman and CEO
Lexington Home Brands

Passion & Leadership: What's It to You?

Nov 12, 2003


David L. Burner
Chairman and CEO
Goodrich Corporation

Taking the 'BF' Out of Goodrich

Apr 10, 2003


G. Kennedy Thompson
CEO and President

Success: It's More Than the Bottom Line

Oct 7, 2002


Roger Beahm
CEO & President
Coyne Beahm Inc.

The Cost of Freedom...The Challenges of Becoming an Entrepreneur

Apr 9, 2002


L. M. Baker Jr.
Chairman, CEO and President
Wachovia Corporation

The Promise of the World Ahead

Oct 8, 2001


Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
President and CEO

Making Deals in High Heels (Not available online)

Mar 29, 2001


Charles R. Eitel
Chairman and CEO
Simmons Company

Selling Change: A New Way to Lead

Oct 23, 2000


Stanley K. Tanger
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.

Rags to Riches

Apr 17, 2000


John W. Guffey, Jr.
Retired Chairman and CEO
Coltec Industries, Inc.

Lessons for the 21st Century

Oct 25, 1999


Hugh L. McColl Jr.
Chairman and CEO
Bank of America

Between Education and Catastrophe

Apr 19, 1999


Fenton N. Hord
President and CEO
Carolina Holdings, Inc.


Oct 12, 1998


Robert L. Tillman
Chairperson, President and CEO
Lowe's Companies, Inc.

The Re-telling of Retailing

Apr 16, 1998


John P. Clancey
President and CEO
Sea-Land Service Inc.

Looking Beyond Borders

Oct 20, 1997


Ann H. Gaither
Chairperson and CEO
The J. H. Heafner Company, Inc


Apr 10, 1997


Harry A. Nurkin
Ph.D., President and CEO
Carolinas Healthcare System

On the Training of Quarterbacks, Pilots, Surgeons and CEOs

Oct 28, 1996


George Shinn
Charlotte Hornets

My Guidelines for Success

Apr 11, 1996


Richard R. Allen
Chairman and CEO
LADD Furniture, Inc 

Making Strategic Changes for the 21st Century

Oct 2, 1995


Ann Lewallen Spencer
Chairman, President and CEO
Goody's Pharmaceuticals

Entrepreneurs: The Anatomy of...

Apr 24, 1995


Harlan E. Boyles
State of North Carolina

The State of Public Finance

Oct 24, 1994


Dr. Charles A. Sanders
Glaxo, Inc.

Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Business Environment

Apr 21, 1994


L. M. Baker, Jr.
President and CEO
Wachovia Corporation

America: This Decade and Beyond

Oct 25, 1993


Nicholas J. St. George
President and CEO
Oakwood Homes Corporation

What Lies Within Us

Apr 22, 1993


William R. Holland
Chairman and CEO
United Dominion Industries

A Vision - Perspiration and Inspiration

Oct 19, 1992


Tom E. Smith
President and CEO
Food Lion, Inc.

Finding the Right Company

Apr 23, 1992


John A. Allison, IV
Chairman and CEO
BB&T Financial Corporation


Oct 24, 1991


C. R. Skidmore
Chairman and CEO
The Dize Company

The Challenges of Leadership

Apr 25, 1991


A. F. Sloan
Chairman of the Board
Lance, Inc.

Making a Living and a Life

Oct 25, 1990


William E. Buckley
Chairman and CEO
Royal Insurance

These Days, New Ways: Managing Corporate Change in the '90s

Apr 26, 1990


William S. Lee
Chairman and President
Duke Power Company

Your Energy Choices

Oct 25, 1989


James R. Ridley
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Integon Corporation

New Rules for a Different Road

Apr 26, 1989


Edward E. Crutchfield, Jr.
Chairman and CEO
First Union Corporation

When Managing Change, People Come First

Oct 27, 1988


Carl E. Gunter
President and CEO
Broyhill Furniture Industries, Inc.

Meeting the Challenge in Competition and Leadership

Apr 25, 1988