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A Gift that Keeps on Giving


August 9, 2011

Teaching, at any level, can often be a thankless job. However, there are few teachers or professors who enter the vocation expecting accolades. When the accolades and thanks do occur, it makes it even sweeter. For Charlotte Read, former professor of fashion, merchandising, human resources and business, those accolades came in the form of an endowed scholarship created in her name by former students, alumni, friends and coworkers.

Like most professors, Read expected the best of her students, setting high standards even if she was dubbed a "hard teacher." She continually challenged and motivated students that had given up learning to continue their education.

The Charlotte Read Endowed Scholarship will help current and future business administration students pursue their dreams at Averett. Read taught at the University when it was still a women's college, amassing more than 30 years as a professor by the time she retired. During her tenure, the program was recognized for its quality across fashion circles in New York City, Atlanta and Richmond.

Read, a former Danville resident, now lives in South Carolina.