President’s Council

Averett University’s President’s Council is the administrative team consisting of the University President and her Vice Presidents, who oversee all functions and operations of the University.

Dr. Tiffany M. Franks

Dr. Franks has over 29 years of senior level administrative experience in higher education in a broad range of areas including student affairs, enrollment management and advancement. She received a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master’s of Science in Education from The Ohio State University; and a B.A. from Ohio Dominican University. She was inaugurated into her role as president in 2008.

Dr. Timothy E. Fulop
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success (2014)

Dr. Fulop has 23 years of experience as both an accomplished academic administrator and a distinguished professor. Prior to joining the Averett administration, he served as dean of the faculty and senior vice president for academic affairs at Mount Aloysius from 2011 to 2014, and as Dean of the College, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Religion at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Dr. Fulop earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He joined Averett in 2014, and oversees all academic operations, including for the GPS Program and student life/student success.

Stacy Gato
Vice President for Enrollment Management (2013)

Ms. Gato brings nearly 20 years of experience in enrollment leadership, most recently serving as the executive director of university admissions at the University of New England. She holds two B.A. degrees from Saint Joseph’s College. She began her role at Averett in 2013, and oversees all enrollment management, admissions and operations of the GPS Program.

Charles S. Harris
Executive Vice President (2009)

Mr. Harris previously served as Vice President of Student Services (2007) and Director of Athletics (2004). He has over 30 years of experience as a university administrator both in public and private institutions as well as 20 years’ experience serving as a consultant to the private sector. Mr. Harris holds a B.A. from Hampton University. He joined the University in 2004, but began the EVP role in 2009, overseeing corporate governance and strategic planning management and major capital projects.

Aaron Howell
Vice President for Business and Finance (2015)

Mr. Howell is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Public Purchasing Officer, and a Certified Purchasing Manager with nearly 20 years of experience.  Most recently he served as assistant vice president and controller for Oregon State University.  Earlier in his career, he worked in state and federal positions, as well as for a private environmental firm. Mr. Howell holds both a B.S. and an MBA from Oregon State University. He joined Averett in 2015, and oversees all administrative, facilities management and finance functions, including financial aid.

Albert “Buddy” Rawley
Vice President for Institutional Advancement (2010)

Mr. Rawley has thirty years of corporate and not-for-profit experience of building relationships and fostering the growth of those relationships through his interpersonal skills, proactive leadership and service to the constituents for which he is responsible. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Averett in 1975 and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Young Managers Program. He began his role at Averett in 2010, and oversees all fundraising and public relations.