Meet your Counselor

jthurnes17James Thurnes
Associate Director of Admissions
1-800-AVERETT – Ext. 15668

James received his B.S degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice in 2007 and was a 4 year member of the Cougars football team.  During his time at Averett he became a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, National Honor Society for Sociology as well as being a member of the Honor Program.  He started working in the admissions office in 2008 and worked as Campus Guest Coordinator for 5 years.  Transitioning back to the office he worked with the local market.  He earned his M.B.A. in 2012 from Averett and is now the Transfer Counselor.  During his spare time he enjoys playing golf, being with friends and spending time with his wife, Tracey and their dog Ronnie.  They reside in Elon, North Carolina.

Why did you choose AU?

I was looking for a small school and somewhere I could play football.  Averett offered small class sizes and competitive athletics that met my needs.

Favorite place in Danville

I like the River District and all it has to offer.  The restaurants, river walk trail and scenic fountain are wonderful places to enjoy in the evening.

What is one piece of advice you would have for a student choosing Averett?

If you are looking for hands on experience and people who care about you, Averett is the place for you.  People who work every day with a student first attitude are what make Averett great.