Incoming Sweet Briar College President Phillip Stone Provides Additional Detail on Transition Process
Phillip Stone, the expected new President of Sweet Briar College, provided more details today about the transition process underway in the wake of Monday’s ruling by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike that ratified a settlement agreement that will keep Sweet Briar College open and result in Stone’s appointment to serve as the college’s president.
In a related development, the Amherst County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution today congratulating the college for its continued operation and expressing “its desire to consider ways in which the county can work collaboratively with the college to develop mutually beneficial strategies designed to help Amherst County and Sweet Briar College best meet the needs of the communities they serve.” As part of its resolution, the Board of Supervisors designated June 23, 2015 as Sweet Briar College Day.
Stone released the following statement through Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the nonprofit group formed to save Sweet Briar College.
“I’m not president yet so I cannot act in an official capacity but I do want people to know that I am very actively engaged in transition activities. As part of this process, I am having a number of important conversations with incoming board members, faculty and others.
I very much appreciate the work of Saving Sweet Briar in converting pledges to donations and also working on many other fronts to help facilitate the transition. This has included informal outreach and engagement with faculty and development of helpful information for returning students. I have asked them to continue this work so we have a running start when I officially take office.
Until that time, Saving Sweet Briar will continue to be a resource to provide information for students through the saving sweet briar website (www.savingsweetbriar.com).
I encourage current staff at Sweet Briar College to do everything they can to assist in the transition and to work cooperatively with Saving Sweet Briar in providing support and information to returning students.
In the coming days, as I can share more details about the transition operation, I will do so. In the meantime, please know that much work has been done and will continue to be done on many fronts to begin the rebuilding process. I know that development and successful implementation of a sound plan to rebuild Sweet Briar will earn my incoming administration the growing confidence of faculty and current and prospective students who can trust that their Sweet Briar careers and education will never be interrupted again.”