Phillip C. Stone

President, Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College President Phillip StonePhillip C. Stone 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.

He practiced law for 24 years in the areas of civil litigation, 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. He served as the president of the Virginia Bar Association and 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 to 2010, Stone was president of Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va. During his tenure, the college 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 successful capital campaigns.

From 2007 to 2010, Stone chaired the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was chair of the NCAA III Presidents Council, served on the NCAA’s Audit and Executive Committees and was a member of the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics.

Married to Cherrill (née Kline), a former English teacher, he is the father of four children and grandfather of four grandchildren. President Stone often speaks on Abraham Lincoln, and he is the founder and president of the Lincoln Society of Virginia. He enjoys reading and hiking, especially in Bavaria, where his family has a vacation home.