Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sweet Briar's 'No Nonsense' New President Faces a Tall Task

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 affairs.
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 hard-luck story."
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.

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