Sweet Briar College Board of Directors welcomes two new members

Posted on September 01, 2020 by Dana Poleski

Sweet Briar College Quad

The Sweet Briar College Board of Directors has elected two new members. Martha Holland ’72 and Richard Myers were elected by the board on July 22, 2020.

Martha Holland ’72
Martha Holland graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in physics. She began her career working for the Federal Energy Administration—now known as the Department of Energy—after which she joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

Following that position, Martha transitioned to a legal career after graduating from Georgetown University School of Law in 1980. She worked in the legal department of the Detroit Edison Company and served as a lawyer for ANR Pipeline Company for a decade. Since then, Martha has served as a tenacious volunteer and fundraiser.

For the last thirty years, Martha has been a key supporter of Sweet Briar College. In addition to supporting the College with significant gifts, Martha serves on the fundraising committee for the Class of ’72. She also served as the co-chair of their 30th reunion and as the treasurer of the Sweet Briar Club of Washington, D.C. Martha was an active volunteer and fundraiser for her children’s elementary and high schools: National Presbyterian School, National Cathedral School and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School. Martha also served as PTA president of National Presbyterian School and as an ex officio member of its board of directors.

Richard Myers
Richard Myers grew up in the Shenandoah Valley. He holds three degrees, including a Ph.D., from the University of Virginia. Richard currently serves as deputy provost for resource planning at Princeton University. He advises the provost and other senior leaders on the alignment of Princeton’s operating and capital budgets, assists in the implementation of strategic initiatives and promotes a robust analytical environment to support decision-making and planning for the university.  

Prior to Princeton, Richard was senior associate dean in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. He served as the chief operating officer for the school and coordinated academic and administrative planning. He also served as the chief planning and budget officer at Smith College and as associate provost at Williams College. He has been active in community and professional service, such as his work as a church school teacher and vestry member in the Episcopal Church, service as an elected school board member and numerous roles on accrediting and consulting teams for colleges and universities.

Martha and Richard will make notable additions to Sweet Briar College, both bringing many years of diverse leadership experience and a passion for community contribution.