Martha Guy Summer Institute


The Martha Guy Summer Institute will not operate for Summer 2022. Programs supported by the Martha Guy Estate are being re-designed for the future.

Martha Guy

Dr. Martha Guy (1922 - 2019) was an icon and pioneer for women in the banking industry. A native of Newland, Guy served and led Avery County Bank for more than 60 years in every capacity from assistant cashier to president. She was inducted into the North Carolina Banking Hall of Fame in 2010 and has been honored by the North Carolina Bankers Association with its Legends in Banking Award. In 2011, Guy received Appalachian's Honorary Alumni Award.

Guy earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill and an associate degree from Lees-McRae College. After firmly establishing her banking career, Guy emerged as a community leader and benefactor. She served on the board of the Crossnore School since 1956 and received a governor’s appointment to the Avery County Board of Education during the turbulent period of school integration. Guy’s leadership of and service to higher education has reached throughout the North Carolina Mountains. She served as a founding trustee of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine. She also served on boards of directors and visitors at Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College, Mars Hill College, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College. She has received honorary degrees from Appalachian and Montreat.

In addition to her time and wisdom, Guy also gave generously of her resources to higher education. She was the founder of Appalachian's Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders. Since 2004, the Martha Guy Summer Institute has brought some of the top high school juniors to Appalachian for an unparalleled opportunity to learn about business and develop leadership skills.