Phillip C. Stone, Esquire
President, Sweet Briar College
Phillip Stone was born in Bassett, Va., and graduated from Bridgewater College in 1965. He later attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Economics and received a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1970.
He practiced law for 24 years with the Harrisonburg, Va., firm of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver in the areas of estate planning, corporate and health law. He was elected a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American Bar Foundation, and the Virginia Bar Foundation. In 1997, he served as the president of the Virginia Bar Association. He has chaired the Virginia State Bar Committee on Ethics and its Disciplinary Board. He has held other leadership positions in bar associations and societies.
From 1994-2010, Stone was president of Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va. During his tenure, the college grew greatly in stature and saw great progress and expansion in all areas of campus life, including undergraduate program growth, a nearly doubling of enrollment, and facility and technology expansion. Under his guidance, the college implemented its signature Personal Development Portfolio program, elevated the quality of its faculty and staff, and secured its financial underpinnings through the current Every Student, One Commitment Campaign for Bridgewater College.
During his tenure as president of Bridgewater College, Stone chaired the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and served as a trustee of the accrediting organization from 2007-2010. He was active in the NCAA as chair of the NCAA III Presidents Council (2004-06) and served on a number of its committees, including Audit, Executive and Special Committee on Executive Authority. From 2005-06 he was a member of the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics.