June 14, 2016 – Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates has been chosen by Sweet Briar College to lead the search for its next president. In April, the school announced that president Phillip Stone would return to retirement, effective next July. Partner Anne Coyle will lead the Sweet Briar search for Storbeck.
“We are excited to have such an accomplished firm guiding us in this important process, but most importantly we are gratified by Storbeck’s enthusiasm for the possibilities that lie ahead of us,” said Teresa Pike Tomlinson, board chairwoman and chair of the search committee.
“My team and I are looking forward to engaging with the Sweet Briar community,” said Ms. Coyle. “We will be partnering with the presidential search committee to identify and recruit a diverse pool, and ultimately, a visionary leader to build on the College’s distinguished history — including the recent outpouring of alumnae support — to guide it to an even more promising future.”
The presidential search committee will be comprised of board members, as well as faculty, staff, alumnae and student representatives. The board of directors is committed to a broad stakeholder engagement process.
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Established in 1902, Sweet Briar College is a women’s liberal arts college in Sweet Briar, VA.The college operates on a semester system and operates 50 undergraduate courses of study, three pre-professional programs (pre-law, pre-medicine and pre-veterinary), and two graduate degrees.
Storbeck/Pimentel has an established history in recruiting top leadership for higher educational institutions. The firm has conducted successful presidential searches for women’s liberal arts colleges, including Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College, Meredith College and Cedar Crest College. Storbeck also led presidential searches for highly ranked coeducational institutions such as Sewanee: The University of the South, Brandeis University, Davidson College, Carnegie Mellon University, American University and Swarthmore College.
The firm is minority and female owned and counts more than 25 consultants and support staff located in two main offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, with three affiliated offices in Vermont, Virginia and Florida.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media