Former Averett University Vice President dies at 71

Former Averett University Vice President dies at 71 (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

DANVILLE, Va. – Charles Somerville Harris, 71, recently retired Averett University Executive Vice President, died on December 7, 2022. Harris served Averett in numerous capacities for nearly 20 years, touching countless students’ and colleagues’ lives.

The University made the announcement Sunday (Dec 11).

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Averett University announced in 2016 that they would be naming an athletic field house in his honor.

Charles Somerville Harris, recently retired Averett University Executive Vice President and beloved Averett Family member, died on December 7, 2022. (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

“From the interview process (for which he served on the search committee), throughout my entire presidency at Averett, Charles was a trusted advisor, confidant and a person with whom every conversation had a message not to be forgotten. He was a constant rock and loyal beyond measure,” said Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks. “‘Mr. Harris,’ as he was referred to by so many, was an inspiration to help others see ‘their’ possible. Our entire Averett community and every organization he served – and every person with whom he interacted – has suffered a great loss. He was one in a million, and he leaves a bountiful legacy.”

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in mass media arts. He is a native of Virginia’s Mecklenburg County, and lived in Greensboro with his wife.

Read his full obituary here.


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