Suzanne Calvert came to Sweet Briar in 2002 as an adjunct accounting professor. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in business education (Radford College) and accounting (Lynchburg College). She also holds two master's degrees in business management and public school administration, and has completed additional graduate work in accounting. All graduate-level work was completed at Lynchburg College.
In addition to 20 years of teaching and administrative experience at the secondary and college level, Calvert has years of real-world experience in the corporate arena, including more than five years in the banking industry. While working in commercial and retail lending, she also completed the American Institute of Banking diploma.
Calvert enjoys teaching introductory-level accounting and ethics. Although accounting is her focus, she enjoys bringing current events from the business world into the classroom.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Tom Loftus received a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master of Arts in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a law degree from Columbia University. He has passed the bar and been admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts, New York and Virginia.
After practicing corporate and securities law in Boston and Washington, D.C., Loftus came to Sweet Briar, where he worked on foundation and government grants, helping to raise more than $5 million for the College. He currently teaches courses in commercial law and business ethics.
Loftus is married to Robin Lee Davies, professor of biology at Sweet Briar College. Together, they are raising three delightful boys: William, David and Brian. Loftus has traveled extensively in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, Turkey, Mexico and Central America. His hobbies include woodworking, gardening, boating and photography.
Tom Scott, PhD
Chair and Assistant Professor
Tom Scott is chair of the business department at Sweet Briar College and co-founder and partner in RecycleEasy, a residential recycling company in Lynchburg, Va.
His prior professional experience includes serving Mead Corporation as senior operations analyst from 1989 to 1994 and as director of strategic marketing for its Coated Board Division from 1994 to 1998. His work at Mead included projects with General Electric, Milliken Corporation and McKinsey Corporation.
From 1998 to 2006, Scott was chief financial officer of a $40 million manufacturing company and chief executive officer of $20 million manufacturing facility. During this time, he also co-developed a 2004 patent for the one-piece, General Electric, four-pack light bulb carton.
His teaching experience includes all aspects of quantitative modeling, project management, finance, operations management, entrepreneurship and business plan development. His current research field is in the area of synergistic integration of business and academia through applied entrepreneurial thinking.