Barbara Watts
Director for Career Services

[email protected] (434) 381-6465

B.A. Geography – Virginia Tech
M.A. Ed. Student Personnel Services – Virginia Tech
M.T.S. – Wesley Theological Seminary
Human Resource Management Certificate – George Mason University

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.