A letter to the community from Jo Ellen Parker

| April 29, 2014

Friends:

With deeply mixed emotions, I write to tell you that this summer I will be leaving the College to assume the presidency of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve alongside the faculty and staff of Sweet Briar, with the support of our alumnae, to offer students the kind of educational experience that is as valuable as it is increasingly rare.

In the last five years we have together accomplished great things. There are, for example, the library and classroom renovations, the increased diversity of the student body, and the instructional staffing plan and learning goals review — as well as increased efficiency in operating budgets and increased use of digital media.

Sweet Briar is poised to take another step toward a future in which it will, yes, “flourish;” the strategic research and planning process that we’ve been discussing this spring will move forward as planned, informing the community and its leaders about the options that will best serve this wonderful college in the coming decade.

Thank you for five years of colleagueship and community. I will always be a fan and supporter of Sweet Briar and the wonderful people I have come to know. As Rick and I move into this exciting new phase of our lives, we will be forever proud and grateful for having been able to serve here and with all of you.

Sincerely,
Jo Ellen Parker
President, Sweet Briar College

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