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Dr. Franks

Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks
24th President
Averett University

Welcome to the Averett University website. Thank you for taking the time to visit us online.

Averett is an inspiring place to learn, live and work, with an impressive diversity of academic program offerings grounded in the liberal arts and influenced by a strong values-based educational experience. There is a wide range of traditional aged and adult students who come to Averett and whose lives are forever changed as a result. I am fortunate to work with talented faculty and staff who help students discover their own greatness. It is affirming that so many alumni and friends are so deeply devoted to Averett.

Averett University is a place with new vision and enduring values. As we move forward- establishing new opportunities for students, creating important connections with our alumni and friends, and serving this region as a full partner in its success-the heart of Averett remains the same. From our commitment to equipping students for the future, to our liberal arts tradition, to the sense of belonging and family orientation that we share-no matter what we do, those things remain paramount.

If you are considering making Averett your University of choice, I urge you to visit our campuses and talk with our faculty and staff.  Once here, I am certain you will feel the passion we have for serving you as you discover the power of an Averett education. To those of you who are graduates and friends of Averett, I invite you to reconnect and join with us taking pride in this remarkable university.

Please know that my door is open to you. I look forward to meeting and talking with you.
Best Wishes,


Tiffany M. Franks

Averett's Mission: Averett University prepares students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change. Averett fulfills this mission by educating students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations through liberal arts based undergraduate and graduate programs in a personal, collegial, interdisciplinary environment.

Vision: Averett University will provide opportunities that will be transformative for our region and beyond by bringing to life the Big Dreams and BOLD FUTURES of our students and the communities we serve.

Core Values

Integrity: We practice the highest ethical standards

Innovation: We encourage and embrace innovative teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom.

Engagement: We promote global awareness, service and leadership.

Discovery: We foster a spirit of discovery, problem solving and critical thinking and incorporate liberal arts with professional preparation in our teaching and learning.

Diversity: All members of the Averett Community share the responsibilities of conducting themselves ethically and as good citizens, and of promoting the expansion of skills and intellectual and emotional growth.

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Averett University welcomes all students, faculty and staff to an academic community that fosters awareness, inclusiveness, equity and service while fulfilling our mission and vision.  Averett celebrates individual uniqueness and worth while respecting differences in a safe and nurturing environment.  Every member of the Averett Community shares the responsibilities of conducting themselves ethically and as good citizens, and of promoting the expansion of skills, and intellectual and emotional growth. We value diversity by seeing and building on the best in each student so that we can help them develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

Tradition: We embrace Averett's Judeo- Christian heritage by honoring the search for truth and spiritual formation.