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Incoming Sweet Briar President Expects to Invite All Faculty to Remain

Richmond, VA - Philip Stone, the anticipated new president of Sweet Briar College, said Tuesday that he expects to invite all current faculty and staff to remain in their positions.

"I look forward to getting to know the members of the college faculty and staff and engaging them in conversations about how we move forward," Stone said.

Bedford County Circuit Court James Updike approved a settlement agreement Monday to keep Sweet Briar College open.

According to Saving Sweet Briar, the non-profit group formed to save the school, the top priority at this point remains converting $12 million of its $21 million in pledges to donations. This will enable the group to meet its settlement agreement obligations of delivering $2.5 million by July 2, and an additional $9.5 million within 60 days of Monday's settlement.

Another critical challenge for Stone and the new Board of Directors will be retaining as many current Sweet Briar students as possible while also trying to seat a freshmen class.

According to an article in today's issue of Inside Higher Ed, three women's colleges, Hollins University, Agnes Scott College and Mary Baldwin College, have announced their willingness to refund deposits for Sweet Briar students who have changed their mind about transferring now that Sweet Briar will remain open.
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