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Women's Leadership Circle Awards First Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award


May 6, 2014



Averett University's Women's Leadership Circle awarded the inaugural Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award on Wednesday, April 30 during a special event at the Conway House. Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks was the first recipient of the Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award.

"Mary Jo Davis was such a lovely person," said Mary M.G. Riddle, member of the University's Board of Trustees and former chair of the board. "Tiffany, like Mary Jo, has spent every waking moment working for Averett – making Averett a better University in every aspect, and as a result, she has put Averett and Danville 'on the map!'

"Tiffany has achieved her success because she possesses the same enviable traits Mary Jo had: care and concern for all, an interest in everyone she meets, eagerness to always provide a helping hand, sincerity, kindness and thoughtfulness."

The Women's Leadership Circle honors Averett's history as a women's college. It recognizes the University's tradition of empowering women and challenges other women to support and mentor the next generation of female students. The leadership circle is dedicated to three women who embodied the spirit of leadership and support they are seeking to emulate: Mary Catherine Fugate, former dean; Norma Roady, former physical education professor; and Mary Jo Davis '55, former dean of students. Each made an indelible mark on Averett and on the lives of the women they mentored.