Graduate Assistants



Mike Holley

Appalachian State University, 2012
Recreation Management: Parks and Recreation (828)553-0602

Mike grew up a littel bit here and a littel bit there, from the fjords of Norwary, the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the coastline of Califorina. Over the years and through a great deal of mentoring, Mike has developed and continues to cultivate his passion and stewardship for all things outdoors.

After graduating with a degree in Recreation Management he worked in the outdoor field as a lighthouse keeper for the Bureau of Land Management, skydive coach, and B.A.S.E Jumping Instructor for Stavanger Base Klubb. Mike has recently returned to Appalachian to pursue a masters degree in Outdoor Program Administration. He is stoked to bring his passion to the sphere of higher education, where he looks forward to inspirational collaboration with App State students, staff, and faculty.


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Claire Bagwell

Appalachian State University, 2019
Recreation Management: Parks and Recreation (828)553-0602

I come from a long line of hill people from Appalachia, and the love for the woods didn't stop with me. I grew up camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing.

I came to Appalachian State on a Geology Scholarship, but my passion for all things summer camp led me to study Rec Management. Throughout college, OP and the Recreation Management Department helped me further develop climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding skills. My undergraduate position with UREC also gave me a passion for helping provide recreation opportunities to my peers.

An OP ski expedition in Banff, Canada toward the end of my senior year motivated me to accept a position as an Outdoor Programs Graduate Assistant while I earn my MBA here at App. I'm pumped to further develop my technical and administrative skills. I'm also thrilled to be a part of the OP community for a couple more years.