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Dr. Tiffany Franks Named 24th President of Averett University


May 7, 2008

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Averett University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks as the 24th president of Averett University.

Franks, a native of Columbus, Ohio, brings 20 years of experience in higher education leadership. She currently serves as executive vice president at Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC. During her career, her roles have included responsibility for admissions, financial aid, student life, marketing and communications, public relations and fundraising with major prospects.

"I am honored to welcome Dr. Tiffany Franks to our academic community and to Southside Virginia," said Dr. Franklin Maddux, chair, Averett University Board of Trustees. "She brings an abundance of knowledge, enthusiasm and a true passion for education and community service. Through a broad national search process we have found in Dr. Franks a person with vision, energy, academic discipline and a heart for Averett. She will be an asset to both our university and community. Tiffany and her husband, Joe, understand the important contributions they can make to Averett and Southside Virginia through their committed involvement in the region and a collaborative approach to advancing educational opportunities for students young and old."

Franks joined Greensboro College in 1988, as the dean for student development and during her tenure at Greensboro College, received four significant promotions with increasingly expanded responsibilities for leadership and administration of the College. Her advancement in higher education administration culminated in her being named executive vice president in 2007. During her years at Greensboro College, enrollment has nearly doubled, and there has been significant expansion of facilities and programs that enrich the student experience.

Franks will officially assume the Averett presidency on July 1, 2008. She replaces Dr. Richard A. Pfau who is retiring. Franks becomes just the second woman to assume the Averett presidency and the first to do so on a full-time basis. Dean Mary C. Fugate served as acting president in 1966.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be asked to serve as the twenty-fourth president of Averett University," Franks said. "I am inspired by the opportunity to join with such an extraordinarily talented faculty and staff, devoted alumni, diverse student body, and faithful trustees to build upon the rich 150 year history of this Danville institution that has made such a profound difference in the lives of its students and alumni as well as faculty and staff who have served it so faithfully throughout the years.”

Franks has been active both professionally and as a community leader. She is a past president of the North Carolina Association for Women in Education, has provided years of service to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been actively involved in many professional associations. Franks has served on numerous community boards and has been an active community leader. She is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and was selected as one of Greensboro’s top “40 leaders under 40”. She has been a long time Rotarian, is a past President of the Junior League of Greensboro and most recently has been serving on the boards for Kids Voting, Salvation Army and the Central North Carolina American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Council.

Franks was one of 18 senior higher education managers from across the country accepted into a highly competitive, accelerated and intensive doctoral program focusing on higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on smaller, independent colleges and universities that had significantly transformed themselves in terms of reputation and market position.

Franks received her B.A. from Ohio Dominican University, her M.A. in Education from The Ohio State University, and her Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is married to Joe Franks, a long time teacher and coach at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC. He also serves as an Assistant Director of the North Carolina Coaches Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of Clemson University’s IPTAY Scholarship Fund. He has been named Grimsley High School Teacher of the Year twice and was named by the Greensboro PTA Council Outstanding High School Educator. Joe holds a B.A. from Clemson University and a M.S. in Social Science, Secondary Education from NC A&T State University.