Board of Directors Announced for Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.

by vixenSBC

Richmond, VA – Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. is the non-profit organization formed to fight the closing of Sweet Briar College. Today we announce the following appointments to its board of directors:

  • Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer (Sweet Briar College, AB 1964; University of Virginia, MS Aerospace Engineering 1967), retired in 2011 from her position as Senior Director Air and Naval Defense Systems, General Dynamics Corp.  Ms. Kramer served on the Sweet Briar Board of Directors from 2006-2014 and has been a leading fundraiser for the College. She resides in Essex, Vermont.


  • Sarah Clement (Sweet Briar College, AB 1975; University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1984) is an administrative judge at the Arlington, Virginia, regional office of a Federal government agency responsible for hearing and deciding employment law matters involving Federal employees. Ms. Clement has been an administrative judge for more than 20 years.  Prior to that, she served in private practice for nine years in Washington, D.C., in the areas of civil and administrative litigation.  She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.


  • Sally Mott Freeman (Sweet Briar College, AB 1976), served as News Media Division Chief for the Federal Communications Commission and as Director of Legislative Affairs & Public Information at the Farmers Home Administration, the lending agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  She also has served as Vice President at a public relations firm and two telecommunications trade associations. Sally is now a professional writer living in Bethesda, Maryland.


  • Christine Boulware (Sweet Briar College, AB 1977) is a former member of the Sweet Briar College Board of Directors (2012-2014).  Following a career in state government, Ms. Boulware became managing director of an executive search firm.  She later founded her own search firm, Boulware and Associates (now the Boulware Group), which she currently directs.  Ms. Boulware also has extensive experience in the areas of public policy, human resources, development, administration and operations. She resides in Chicago, Illinois.


  • Tracy Stuart (Sweet Briar College, AB 1993) was awarded many athletic honors on the field hockey and lacrosse teams during her years at Sweet Briar. Upon graduation, she worked in the college’s Office of Admissions. Ms. Stuart had a 13-year career teaching English and coaching field hockey and lacrosse in the private school sector. When she learned of the impending closure of the College, she founded Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., and is volunteering full-time on its behalf. She resides on Martha’s Vineyard.


  • Ellen O. Pitera (Sweet Briar College, AB 1993; University of Virginia, MA Teaching 1999), served in a variety of leadership positions within the Student Government Association during her years at Sweet Briar, and was an active member of the Riding Team. She has served as President of the Class of 1993 Alumnae since graduation, and has been  actively fundraising for her class. Ms. Pitera spent several years as an elementary school teacher and is now a small business owner and farm manager in Orange, VA.


  • Brooke Linville (Sweet Briar College, 2000-2002, George Washington University BA 2004), has a background in web development and internet marketing.  Ms. Linville launched the website and coordinated the #saveSweetBriar hashtag immediately following the announcement that the College was being closed. She resides in Boise, Idaho.



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Saving Sweet Briar Timeline

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College announces Spring 2015 will be final semester, school will close on August 25, 2015.

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College alumnae galvanize on Facebook, creating working groups to work to halt closure.

March 4, 2015 - launches in the early morning hours. Website begins accepting pledges midday.

March 6, 2015 - pledges exceed $1 million (with additional unconfirmed $1 million pledge that will later be confirmed).

March 6, 2015 - Troutman Sanders retained to fight closure. Read More

March 9, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. formally incorporated as a non-profit with seven alumnae appointed to serve as board members. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen sends letter to state Attorney General regarding the legality of closing the college. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Sweet Briar faculty join alumnae in fight to keep college open. Read More

March 18, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. begins accepting donations in the fight to save the college.

March 23, 2015 - Troutman Sanders sends letter requesting President and Board resign. Read More

March 26, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. hires Certified Fraud Examiner. Read More

March 30, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney, Ellen Bowyer, files suit against Sweet Briar College.

April 6, 2015 - Initial Financial Analysis concludes financial condition did not warrant closure Read More

April 12, 2015 - $5 million pledged to Saving Sweet Briar.

April 13, 2015 - Amherst Mayor sends letter opposing closure. Read More

April 15, 2015 - Judge Updike issues a 60 day injunction preventing the college from using funds solicited to operate the college to close it.

April 23, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. launches Alumnae Angels program to help students with financial concerns during transition and uncertainty.

April 29, 2015 - Judge Updike issues another injunction in one of the other legal cases preventing the college from selling assets for six months.

April 29, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney files Petition to Review with Virginia Supreme Court.

May 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. granted 501(c)(3) status, with tax exempt status applying to all donations made from the incorporation date of March 9, 2015.

June 9, 2015 - Virginia Supreme Court rules that Sweet Briar College can be a trust.

June 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. announces $21 million total pledged over 5 years.

June 20, 2015 - Settlement reached, keeping Sweet Briar College open. Settlement terms include 3 payments to college with the first $2.5 million due on July 2.

June 23, 2015 - Amherst CountyBoard of Supervisors names Sweet Briar Day.

June 30, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers $5 million ahead of schedule to Sweet Briar College.

July 2, 2015 - President Stone assumes new position, new Board of Directors appointed.

September 2, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers final settlement payment to Sweet Briar College, exceeding $12 million total.