James “Rocky” Query has been named interim vice president for finance and administration at Sweet Briar College. Query brings more than 30 years of financial management experience with higher education institutions as a consultant, administrator and investment banker.
Most recently he was the chief financial officer for Sterling College in northeastern Vermont, a small college recognized for its focus on environmental stewardship. He also previously worked for Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
For more than 20 years, Query was a public finance investment banker for Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers on behalf of many colleges and universities nationally. His responsibilities included providing credit analysis and developing financing strategies to help institutions fund capital projects or meet liquidity challenges.
Query also served as a member of Sweet Briar’s board of directors and chair of its Finance Committee until stepping down in recent weeks to assist the administrative team in developing the College’s next strategic financial plan.
Query is a native of Lynchburg and a graduate of E.C. Glass High School. He attended the University of Chicago and the Yale School of Management.