President’s Team

Sweet Briar College’s president’s cabinet is composed of the senior officers in each division of the College. The cabinet works with the president and the board of directors to keep the College running smoothly.

Rita Detwiler

Rita Detwiler

Senior Director of Enrollment

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P | 434-381-6240
O | Admissions House



Teresa Garrett

Teresa GarrettVice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

P | 434-381-6205
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O | Dean’s Office | Fletcher Hall | First Floor


Teresa joined Sweet Briar in Aug. 2019 as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College. Beginning in 2007, Teresa was an assistant professor of chemistry at Vassar College before becoming a tenured professor and then serving as associate dean. Teresa graduated summa cum laude with honors in biochemistry from Florida State University and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Duke University. She has published or co-published three dozen journal articles and is responsible for more than $2.5 million in grant-funded research. At Sweet Briar, Teresa serves as the chief academic officer responsible for all academic operations. She evaluates academic programs, spearheads curriculum and faculty development activities and serves as the liaison to the educational programs committee of the board of directors.

Kerry Greenstein

Dean of Student Life

P | 434-381-6221
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O | Prothro 213

Kerry joined Sweet Briar in February 2021. Prior to Sweet Briar, Kerry served as the dean of student affairs at Beacon College. In that role, he was responsible for the oversight and management of housing and residence life, student activities, counseling, health services, safety, fitness and recreation, transportation and overall student advocacy. At Sweet Briar, he utilizes his passion for leadership development to engage students in student life, and in conjunction with the student life team provide students a full co-curricular experience. Kerry holds a B.A. in communications from Rider University, a M.Ed. in student affairs practice in higher education from the University of Delaware, and an Ed.D. in educational administration from Georgia Southern University.

Luther T. Griffith

Luther GriffithVice President for Finance, Operations and Auxiliary Enterprises

P | 434-381-6463
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O | Business Office | Fletcher Hall | Second Floor, 211


Luther joined Sweet Briar in May 2019 as vice president for finance, operations and auxiliary enterprises. Luther serves as the chief financial and administrative officer of the College. He is responsible for the operations of agricultural initiatives, the business office, campus safety, dining services, human resources, information technology and the physical plant, as well as auxiliary enterprises such as the book shop and conference center. He is the administrative liaison on the board of directors’ finance committee and is the primary contact for governmental and regulatory affairs. He holds an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor in Science in economics with a minor in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mary Pope Maybank Hutson ’83

Vice President for Alumnae Relations and Development

P | 434-381-6272
F | 434-381-6132
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O | Alumnae Relations and Development Office | Boxwood Alumnae House | First Floor

Mary Pope Maybank Hutson ’83 joined Sweet Briar’s Alumnae Relations and Development office in Jan. 2016. For 13 years, she served as executive vice president of the Land Trust Alliance in Washington, D.C. Mary Pope graduated from Sweet Briar with a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs. Her professional career has involved building strategic and beneficial relationships with individuals, as well as fostering coalitions in the public and private sector and obtaining resources for land conservation, historic preservation. Her responsibilities include working with the president and the board of directors to advance alumnae and community engagement, secure funding through numerous sources and boost the College’s brand and enrollment through marketing and communications. She is responsible for designing and implementing programs that encourage financial as well as volunteer support of the College.

Amy Ostroth

Senior Director of Communications

P | 434-381-6330
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O | Communications Office | Communications Building | First Floor


Amy joined Sweet Briar in September 2017. She has more than 20 years of experience in educational marketing and communications, with particular expertise in development communications. At Sweet Briar, she manages all aspects of the College’s communications, including marketing, social media, media relations, videography, photography, website, emergency communications and more. Prior to coming to Sweet Briar, she served as director of development communications at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts and as publications manager in University Development at Virginia Tech. Amy earned her M.A. in English at Virginia Tech and a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington.

Kathleen Placidi

Grants Officer

P | 434-381-6596
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O | Grants Office | Fletcher Hall | First Floor

Kathleen has been the grants officer at Sweet Briar since 2003. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University and did additional graduate study in American art at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Sweet Briar, she was a fundraiser at CWRU and at Monticello, and she has taught art history at several colleges, including Sweet Briar. As the grants officer, Kathleen collaborates with the faculty and professional staff to help the College obtain external grant support from a variety of funders, ranging from federal and state agencies to private foundations, corporations and individual donors. Kathleen serves on a number of committees and works closely with President Woo on presidential communications and special projects.