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Dr. Alvin C. Proffit

Dr. Al Proffit is a professor at Appalachian State University. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a minor in counseling. Prior to moving to western North Carolina he was a Superintendent of Schools in two states, a school principal, assistant principal, teacher and counselor. He was also a Professor of Education at Radford University in Virginia where he served as the Chair of the Department of Educational Studies.

Before becoming an educator he was a musician. At 17 he was invited by jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie to perform on stage with Dizzy’s quintet that included jazz saxophone great James Moody. The conductor of the American Wind Symphony was in the audience of this performance and on the basis of this one set offered Al a full apprenticeship with the orchestra, which he turned down in order to pursue a career in education. However, he went on to become an award winning song writer and received mention in American Songwriter magazine for his song Kids With Killing Guns released in the mid 1990s.

As an academician he has had the results of his research published on the national and international levels. He has been invited to represent the United States in an Oxford Round Table on Education at Oxford University in England this summer. In his free time he uses his skills as a researcher to study the paranormal. He serves as a Research Affiliate with League of Energy Materialization and Unexplained Research phenomena (LEMUR). He also serves as guest host for Asheville’s number one rated Saturday night talk show, Speaking of Strange with Joshua P. Warren and often does live reports from actual investigations of haunted locations throughout the United States. He is a certified ghost researcher by the International Ghost Hunter’s Society and has researched ghostly phenomena from the Hawaiian Island of Oahu to the Cape Fear River on the east coast of North Carolina to the Ocala National Forest in central Florida. While he enjoys the thrill of an investigation his main focus is to help those being haunted.

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