Latest Update

December 2022 Community Update

January 19, 2023

Dear Colleagues, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with cheer and companionship and that the sub-zero weather that blanketed the country did not wreak havoc with your plans. I enjoyed hosting you at Sweet Briar House for a holiday “Jingle and Mingle” before most of us scattered for the break. But not […]

November 2021 Community Update

December 8, 2021

Dear Colleagues, The excellent news of our reaccreditation by SACSCOC went public on the 7th and you can read the article about it on our website. This daunting and all-consuming process only happens every ten years and I’m gratified by our outcome, as I know you are, too. I want to thank all of you […]

Op-ed: A one-size-fits-all solution to coronavirus could be fatal to US colleges

May 29, 2020

Op-ed by President Meredith Woo Washington Examiner, May 29, 2020 The challenges facing residential colleges and universities as they ponder the resumption of in-person classes are complex. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who heads the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, remarked on Meet the Press on May 10 that current capacity for COVID-19 testing was […]

Op-ed: Ties that bind rural America

May 18, 2020
Ties that bind rural America

Op-ed by President Meredith Woo Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 25, 2020 COVID-19 has arrived in rural America. The impact of the pandemic, and in its wake, the recession, will be profound. The most rural and isolated of American towns already have the highest rates of poverty, unemployment and population loss, particularly among young people. Those who remain […]

Letter: Sweet Briar “Ladies” at Mount Vernon

January 31, 2020
Front view of Washington's Mount Vernon Home

I first met Gay Hart Gaines, Class of 1959, in Palm Beach. A woman of uncommon intelligence and energy – with beauty to match it – she was born in Canada of American parents, and raised in Bombay, Sydney and Paris. She had travelled the four corners of the world before her father, who headed global operations for Colgate-Palmolive, sent her “home,” saying that she now needed to become an American.