Averett University
Board of Trustees

Averett University’s Board of Trustees consists of a diverse group of community and business leaders dedicated to the success of our students and to the continuation of our traditions. Many of our trustees are also Averett alumni. They work to ensure that Averett University will be able to serve students in Virginia for generations to come, and that our students will be prepared for the 21st century workplace.


Board Chairperson:
L. Samuel Saunders

Managing Partner, Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP
Danville, Virginia
First Vice-Chairperson:
Rev. Dr. Daniel Carlton ‘90

Pastor, Culpeper Baptist Church
Culpeper, Virginia
Mary M. G. Riddle

Retired Vice President, Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Georgia


The Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr. ‘79
Judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals
Manassas, Virginia
Jan G.F. Barnett
Danville, Virginia
Kirk Bidgood
Danville, Virginia
Dr. Joseph G. Burke
President of Oriole Education Association, LLC; Senior Fellow, Association of Governing Boards; and President Emeritus of Keuka College
Chesapeake, Virginia
Timothy S. Carter ‘94
Captain, United Airlines
Houston, Texas
Steven B. Daniels, Sr.
President of Leaf Services and North and Central Americas Leaf Director, Japan Tobacco International
Danville, Virginia
Mr. Steve DelGiorno
Danville, Virginia
Mr. Jacob Frith
Frith Construction
Danville, Virginia
William J. Gentry, Jr.
President, Precision Machine Co.
Danville, Virginia
Mr. Mark Gignac
Executive Director and Director of Research, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Danville, Virginia
Wanda B. Jeffress ’81, ‘92
Vice President and Owner, S.L. Jeffress Co. Inc.
South Boston, Virginia
Michael E. Keck
Retired Executive Vice President and Richmond Regional President, Xenith Bank
Richmond, Virginia
Michael D. Luter ‘03
Owner and Founder, Arrowhead Environmental Services and ONE Environmental Group
Zuni, Virginia
Ron Palmer ‘00
CEO, Owner and Founder, Infinity Global
Danville, Virginia
Brandon Potter
President, X9 Technologies
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Richard Roccesano ‘81
President and CEO, Rock Investments; President, the Galesi Family Foundation
Spring Lake, New Jersey
Dr. Calvin R. Snowden ‘94
Retired Director, U.S. General Services Administration
Washington, D.C.
Deborah W. Upton ‘74
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Development, Bon Air Baptist Church
Richmond, Virginia
Christopher E. West ‘12
Associate at Lamar Consulting
Richmond, Virginia
Hampton Wilkins ’73, ‘87
President, Wilkins & Co. Realtors
Danville, Virginia
Kris Willard
President and Owner, Interiors by Kris, Inc.
Penhook, Virginia
Dr. Annie P. Wimbish ‘81
Senior Associate, Schlechty Center
Vernon Hill, Virginia
Todd M. Yeatts
Manager for Government Relations, The Boeing Company
Alexandria, Virginia
Young Alumnus Trustee:
Jada Little, ’16

Newark, Delaware


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