Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar College is a liberal arts women's college in Sweet Briar, Virginia, United States, about 12 miles north of Lynchburg, Virginia. The school's Latin motto translates as: "She who has earned the rose may bear it."
The school is named after the former Sweet Briar plantation, the former plantation of Elijah Fletcher and his family. Fletcher was a 19th-century teacher, businessman, and mayor of Lynchburg. His wife, Maria Crawford, is credited with naming the land Sweet Briar. By the mid-19th century, Fletcher had between 80 and 100 slaves at the plantation. After their emancipation in 1865, several continued to work for pay and live at Sweet Briar. On Elijah Fletcher's death, his daughter, Indiana, inherited the plantation. When she died in 1900, she willed the land and much of her assets to starting a college for women, as her daughter Daisy had died at 16 and, therefore, never had a chance to attend college.
Sweet Briar College empowers and educates young women to build and reshape their world however their passions lead them. Sweet Briar prepares women (and at the graduate level, men as well) to be productive, responsible members of a world community. It focuses on personal and professional achievement through a customized educational program that combines the liberal arts, preparation for careers and individual development. The faculty and staff guide students to become active learners, to reason clearly, to speak and write persuasively and to lead with integrity. They do so by creating an educational environment that is both intense and supportive and where learning occurs in many different venues, including the classroom, the community and the world.
Elaine Dundy, actor, journalist, novelist, biographer, and playwright Sally Miller Gearhart, educator and science fiction writer Molly Haskell, feminist film critic and author Janet Lee Bouvier, mother of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Diana Muldaur, actor and former president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Leah Busque, entrepreneur and founder of TaskRabbit Nancy Richards-Akers, romance novelist Diane Holloway, television critic, Austin American-Statesman. Jean Oliver Sartor, artist Mary Lee Settle, author Jill Steenhuis Ruffato, plein air artist who lives, works, and gives workshops on plein air technique in Provence. Ann Taylor, National Public Radio newscaster (attended but did not graduate from SBC). Teresa Tomlinson, current mayor of Columbus, Georgia Sarah Porter Boehlmer, first female Executive VP of the New York Stock Exchange Joanne Holbrook Patton, wife of General George Smith Patton, daughter of Brigadier General Willard Ames "Hunk" Holbrook Jr., benefactress of the "Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program" Anne Swartz, Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Baruch College Joan Vail Thorne, playwright Jennifer Ashley Harper, Dave Matthews wife
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