Franks named Kiwanis citizen of year

The Danville Kiwanis Club named Dr. Tiffany Franks (center), president of Averett University, as the recipient of its 83rd annual Citizenship Award during a banquet held at the Danville Golf Club Thursday evening. Pictured from left to right are Jerry Conner, president of the Danville Kiwanis Club; her husband Joe Franks, her mother Pat McKillip, and Rev. Bruce Wilson, chair of the citizenship selection commitee.

The Danville Kiwanis Club named Dr. Tiffany Franks, president of Averett University, as the recipient of its 83rd annual Citizenship Award during a banquet held at the Danville Golf Club Thursday evening.

A five-person committee made up of non-Kiwanis members selected Franks. Chairing the committee was Rev. Bruce Wilson, pastor at West Main Baptist Church. Other members were Ruth Kirk Bidgood, Milie Dunston, Gene Hayes, and Stephen Kaylor.

Wilson said the committee interviewed three people, but quickly realized Franks was the clear choice.

“It was stunningly obvious to them what is citizenship, especially in a community in need of the renewal of hope,” he said. “She had service credentials but so much more. She is inspiring to people and has invested big time in where she lives.”

According to Wilson, the key is “we not I, and us not me.”

He said in Franks’ eight years in Danville she has had more impact than any single person on the well being of the community.

“Her influence extends beyond being president of Averett. She has set a high standard. We are better, because Averett has come alive and Averett has come alive because of the good work of Tiffany Franks,” he said.

In accepting the award, Franks said she was overwhelmed to be named Kiwanis Citizen of the Year.

“It has been a privilege to serve as Averett’s president and to be part of a town that embraces its hometown university. It is not what we do with our lives it is how we live our lives,” she said.

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