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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.