Sweet Briar College announces Meredith Woo as next president

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (WSET) - Sweet Briar College has a new president. The college announced Monday that Meredith Woo would become the 13th president.

Woo worked as a Dean at the University of Virginia from 2008 to 2014. She oversaw 11,000 undergraduate students, 1,600 graduate students, and 800 full-time faculty.

After leaving UVA, Woo worked as the director for the Higher Education Support Program for the Open Society Foundations.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with a College so beloved,” Woo said. “Educating women is like educating generations. Around the world, I have seen the demand for superior women’s education and the demand for the graduates of those institutions. Here at Sweet Briar, we have a real opportunity to recast the significance of single-sex higher education in today’s world, and I’m excited to be a part of that effort.”

Woo has both a Ph.D. in political science and an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University. She has a B.A. from Bowdoin College.

"Meredith stood out as a star among stars in our search process, but what was undeniable was her passion for women’s education, her commitment to innovation and solution-making and her desire to be part of a close-knit community,” said Teresa Pike Tomlinson ’87, chairwoman of the board of directors and of the Presidential Search Committee. “She is our ideal fit. She can see a vision of strength for this College and has the capability to lead us there.”

President-elect Woo will begin a transition period at the College, working closely with President Stone on April 3, 2017... On May 15, 2017, she will assume the helm as the next president of Sweet Briar College.

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