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New board chairwoman named at Sweet Briar College

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The Sweet Briar College board of directors has named a new leader.

At the board’s August meeting, Georgene M. Vairo was elected chairwoman.

Vairo, who graduated from Sweet Briar in 1972, has been the David P. Leonard Professor of Law at Loyola of Los Angeles Law School since 1995.

Since 2007, she also has served as president of Auswin Realty Corp., a family-owned residential and commercial real estate firm in New York City.

Vairo received the college’s Distinguished Alumna award in 1997.

She succeeds Teresa Tomlinson, the mayor of Columbus, Ga., who had served as chairwoman for the past three years.

Tomlinson, a 1987 Sweet Briar graduate, was a leader in the effort to keep the women’s open after its previous administration announced plans to close it in 2015.

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