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Long-Time Fixture at Averett to Speak During Commencement April 30

April 21, 2011

Dr. Stephen Ausband, Averett's vice president for academic affairs, will deliver the University's Spring Commencement address April 30 during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony in the E. Stuart James Grant Center. More than 290 students will receive degrees.

"Averett is honored to have Dr. Ausband as our May Commencement speaker," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "A man who has served Averett for over 40 years, Stephen Ausband has witnessed and contributed to our institution's growth and success over the past years. His dedication, loyalty and unselfish service to Averett University will long be remembered."

Ausband began teaching English at the University in the 1970s and was named vice president when Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks took over the presidency. He will return to the classroom to teach again this fall. During his years in the classroom, he taught a variety of courses including literature of the western world, major British authors, 19th and 20th centuries, mythology, American literature, poetry and prose of the Victorian period and modern literature.

In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Ausband has served on many committees including chair of the English department, director of the writing competency program, president of faculty council and the curriculum committee. He is also a writer, publishing three books - "Myth and Meaning, Myth and Order," "Byrd's Line: A Natural History" and "Outdoors Year Round: A Guide to Fishing and Hunting in Coastal Virginia and North Carolina." In addition to his books, he has published numerous articles on subjects ranging from literature and mythology to outdoor recreation.

He and his wife, Melinda, live on a farm near the Bannister River in Halifax County.