Teresa Garrett joined Sweet Briar in 2019 as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College. In this role, she served as the chief academic officer responsible for all academic operations. She evaluated academic programs, spearheaded curriculum and faculty development activities and served as the liaison to the educational programs committee of the board of directors.
Prior to moving to Sweet Briar, she served as associate dean of faculty at Vassar College. She began working at Vassar in 2007 as an assistant professor of chemistry before receiving tenure in 2013 and a promotion to full professor in 2017. She published or co-published three dozen journal articles and was responsible for more than $2.5 million in grant-funded research.