The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 23rd, 2015
Phillip C. Stone believes in the power of a good story.
Storytelling was a key part of Mr. Stone’s fund-raising strategy at
Bridgewater College, in Virginia, where he served as president for 16
years, according to Carol A. Scheppard, its vice president for academic
He is also easily moved by other people’s stories, said Ms.
Scheppard, especially ones about students who beat the odds. "He was
very efficient about running the institution," she said, "but you
couldn’t trust him with giving away money to students who came in with a
The story of Sweet Briar College is a compelling one. The 114-year-old women’s college was marked for death in February, only to be brought back to life,
at least for now, by a group of alumnae who raised $21 million in
pledges and sued to replace the current administration with one that
wants to keep fighting for survival.