Averett honors

At Averett University’s annual faculty, staff and retiree luncheon are (from left) Donald T. Ethington, Erma Neveu, Richard Ferguson, Tiffany M. Franks, Pamela Riedel Sue Davis and Elaine Day. 

Averett University honored six retirees this year at the annual faculty, staff and retiree luncheon on May 2.

» During her time at Averett, Sue Davis, served as an assistant professor, director of teacher education, department chair, education and division chair. Davis earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education from Averett and her Doctorate in Education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and advanced graduate studies at the University of Virginia.

Davis soon became a full-time faculty member after joining Averett and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level, supervised and evaluated preservice teachers in practicums and internships and led seminars for pre-service teachers.

“My six-year tenure as an adjunct and full-time employee has been rewarding, enlightening and enjoyable. I just immensely enjoy the process of education and working with students-regardless of their age,” Davis said.

» Erma Neveu has been the academic advisor to Averett’s Graduate and Professional Studies students serving at the Quantico Marine Base Higher Education Center and Northern Virginia community since 1996.

Neveu began her career in the education field in 1986 with the Arkansas Department of Education’s School Food Service. When her husband and family were reassigned to Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom, she served as an academic advisor for the University of Maryland. Then upon returning to the United States, Neveu worked for Park University as an academic records administrator for about a year. In December 2005, Neveu earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Averett.

Elaine Day is a tenured associate professor who has served Averett from 1990-1996 and then again from 2000-2019, totaling 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Syracuse University and Master of Science in library science at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Day returned to campus as Averett’s library director and since 2000 she has enhanced digital collections, strengthened ties with the Virtual Library of Virginia and empowered her colleagues.

» Pamela Riedel was a professor in the Department of Education from 1994-2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Averett College; her Master of Education with a reading specialization from Averett College; and her Doctorate in Education in administration and special education from the College of William & Mary.

For 25 years, Riedel has been teaching at Averett while developing teachers for their careers in education.

» Richard Ferguson was a professor and the chair of the department of physical education, wellness and sport science. Ferguson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical education (sport psychology) and Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Madison College, now James Madison University (cum laude) in physical education and his post graduate study at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

He has distinguished himself as a teacher, counselor, role mode and scholar. He’s an American Association of Adapted Sports Programs certified sport psychology consultant, a USA Track & Field psychological performance consultant and sports psychology consultant for open class athletes.

» Donald T. Ethington was a professor and department chair of mathematics at Averett. Ethington earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in mathematics from the University of Georgia. His Master of Science in mathematics degree from Mississippi State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics/English is from Centre College of Kentucky. Ethington earned tenure in 1979 and he taught the full range of math courses from fundamentals to set theory.

For Ethington, it’s always been about the faculty, staff and administration working together to provide the best possible education for students. Ethington says he stayed at Averett because he felt that he and his students and colleagues were valued.

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