@AverettU1859 @auprez August 12

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Averett University

Location: Danville VA

The more I attempt to write these unique daily posts on various universities and colleges the more in common they have. The commonality on why a college was created is one of the most dominant themes.

Averett University in Danville VA falls into that category. It began to provide educational access to students at the time in their part of the country that were being denied that opportunity. The time was 1859, the place was Virginia, and the targeted group was females.


Some mismanagement actually led to Averett becoming a reality. In 1854 William Isaac Berryman opened the Danville Female Institute in his home on Patton Street to house 20 boarding students for two five-month sessions. The institute would close in 1858 due to management problems.

Nathan Penick moved to Danville from Halifax County, Va., and opened the Baptist Female Seminary, using Berryman’s home for classes. Penick was married to Jane Averett who taught music, French and English. She was the first of eight members of the Averett family to be affiliated with the school.

Averett is one university that really has a detailed timeline on their website telling you how they went from being Baptist Female Seminary to Averett University. It also includes stories of a president being fired for letting students dance, raids to the college icebox, and starting a football team.


averett college

For a college with part of its history being a place where females could receive an education found it interesting that the current Averett University President Tiffany McKillip Franks is the first woman to hold that position full-time in the university’s history.

She has been president since 2008

Dr Franks




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