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Gift from Regional Foundation Boosts Strategic Planning Efforts

Feb. 11, 2010

Averett University is planning for its future, and the university recently gained the support of an important partner in that effort. The Danville Regional Foundation has donated $175,000 to help fund Averett's strategic planning initiatives.

"We are extremely grateful to the Danville Regional Foundation for their investment in Averett," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "Their support will assist us in developing a comprehensive plan that not only meets the needs of our students but positions us as a catalyst for the transformation of our region. This gift will fund a portion of the research and exploration that will help us move forward."

Averett's planning efforts are organized into six areas of focus: community outreach and enrollment, academics, buildings and property, people and processes, student life and technology. These emerged as areas of emphasis following focus group sessions in which more than 250 faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members participated.

"Central to our planning efforts will be the development of new academic programs, the engagement of a workforce needs analysis and the creation of a master facilities plan," Franks said. "We are dreaming big and planning carefully. Once complete, this plan will guide our growth."

Franks notes that the development of the plan is a campus-wide effort. More than 70 Averett faculty, staff and students are actively involved in the process with opportunities for the entire Averett community to provide input.

"Our entire campus community is engaged and working hard on this process," Franks said. "I believe we will end up with a plan that has us both reaching into new areas of emphasis while building on our current strengths. We are approaching the future with a youthful spirit of energy and optimism. This process is about establishing a plan that will allow us to move forward with a clear sense of purpose."

Averett expects to have its strategic goals and objectives in place by May.