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Teresa Garrett. Photo courtesy of Sweet Briar College.

Sweet Briar College has announced the hiring of a new vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college.

Teresa Garrett will begin the post Aug. 1. Since 2007, Garrett was employed at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she began as an assistant professor of chemistry. She most recently served as associate dean.

“Garrett has earned outstanding accolades as a teacher, researcher and leader,” Sweet Briar President Meredith Woo said in a news release. “Her experiences at Vassar, including helping shepherd a rebalancing of the curriculum throughout a two-year planning and implementation process, have uniquely equipped her to lead Sweet Briar’s academic innovation to the next level.”

Garrett said she looks forward to bringing her expertise to Virginia.

“I am excited to join the Sweet Briar community and work with the committed faculty, students and administrators to move the College into the future. The opportunity to play a part shaping the future of such a special place is an honor,” she said in the release.

As chair of the Assessment Committee at Vassar College, she spearheaded the development of a comprehensive learning outcomes assessment program. As associate dean, she managed a broad portfolio, including chairing the self-study for Vassar’s Middle States Reaccreditation effort, developing academic policies and supporting the grants office.

“I have called on Professor Garrett often for sound advice, and she has been fearless in tackling difficult challenges and committed to improving student and faculty experiences at Vassar. Sweet Briar College is fortunate to have her as its next dean, and she will be deeply missed here,” Elizabeth H. Bradley, president of Vassar College, said in the release.

For more information, contact the dean’s office at deansoffice@sbc.edu or (434) 381-6205.

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