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

Irving M. Blank
Managing Partner, ParisBlank, LLP
Richmond, 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
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

Margaret G. Lewis ‘96
Retired President of Hospital Corporation of America, Capital Division
Tappahannock, 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
Director of Communications and Policy, The Office of Speaker William J. Howell of the Virginia House of Delegates
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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