Wayne F. Stark
Wayne has over 18 years of solid commitment to teaching, education and student development, augmented by administrative and managerial experience in corporate human resources and higher education.
Before coming to Sweet Briar College in March of 2001, Wayne served as the Associate Director of the Arts and Sciences Placement Office at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Prior to that, Wayne was an assistant director at the University of Kansas's University Career and Employment Services. Wayne also has taught a variety of subjects at the primary, secondary and collegiate level and has worked for First Virginia Banks, Inc., now BB&T, as the their corporate EEO Administrator.
Wayne is a polished presenter, a highly motivational career counselor and a results-oriented collaborative professional with energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence, and a genuine concern for the growth and advancement of college students and the organizations that serve them. He has been recognized as a leader among his peers as he was awarded a commendation for leadership in 2002 by the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers. Wayne has also presented well-received programs at regional conferences such as the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers and the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers.
In April of 2008, Wayne presented a program at the annual VACE conference. The program entitled "Tapping Potential In Your Own Back Yard: Forging Synergistic Relationships Between Campus And Community" was also presented at the 1st Annual Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Wayne has also been recognized by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) through their acceptance of his program entitled "From Caboose to Engine: Revitalizing, Empowering, and Shaping Career Services to be a Key Player in Student Affairs and Institutional Decision Making" which was presented at the 50th anniversary National NACE Conference in May of 2006 in Anaheim, Calif. Wayne subsequently went on to present a national "webinar" based on his program in March of 2007. During that year Wayne also served as one of the external reviewer's for Hampden-Sydney College's Career Development Center.
Wayne is also engaged substantively with the local community. He serves on the board of directors for both the Amherst County Department of Social Services and the Center for Adult Learning and Literacy.
Wayne and his wife Karen live on campus in the old dairy farm manager's house with their dog Sampson and their cat Sadie.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Tandilyn brings with her a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students, an enthusiastic and vibrant personality, and strong experience working in a variety of higher education settings and student-focused positions. Before coming to Sweet Briar, Tandilyn served as the transfer evaluation coordination supervisor at Liberty University. Prior to that, Tandilyn was a student development specialist for the College of Education and Human Development dean’s office at the University of Texas San Antonio. There she gained a deep knowledge of student development and marketing of academic programs.Preceding her tenure at the University of Texas San Antonio, Tandilyn sharpened her skills in academic and career advising when she served as an academic advisor at Wayland Baptist University.
Tandilyn is an experienced professional in academic and career advising with the following qualifications:
Tandilyn and her husband, John, live in Rustburg on their 12-acre farm with their dogs, Annie Grace, a boxer, and Gus, a chihuahua. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
B.A. Geography – Virginia Tech
A native of Virginia Beach, Barb brings with her a variety of experiences in higher education, student affairs and human resources.
Before coming to Sweet Briar, Barb served for two years as the vice president of a small, independently owned home performance company, where she coordinated all aspects of business operations including human resources, accounting, book keeping and customer relationship management. Prior to that, Barb worked for more than 12 years at Wesley Theological Seminary, a graduate theological school of the United Methodist Church, where she served in a variety of capacities including director of housing, director of International Student Services, and most recently director of human resources. While at Wesley, she coordinated the campus student employment program for the seminary. As an employee at Wesley, she also completed her master’s in theological studies with an emphasis in religion and the arts; her thesis focused on contemporary American pilgrimage sites. In 2004, Barb participated in a short-term Fulbright program in Germany for international educators. She continues to provide cross-cultural communication training to high school students studying abroad with the Congress-Bundestag program. She also served as a resident director on Semester at Sea’s summer voyage to the South Pacific (1996) and world voyage (1997). She has served in various positions in residence life at the North Carolina School of the Arts, George Mason University and American University.
Barb comes to Sweet Briar with a dedication to student affairs, a deep knowledge of human resources, and a desire to help students grow their experiential learning opportunities while in college.
Barb lives nearby in Monroe on her family’s 55-acre farm less than a mile from where her grandfather grew up. She enjoys traveling, reading, spending time outdoors, and has an art studio where she dabbles in all things creative.