Welcome Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Bran Potter, and Julie Keel!

Updated: Feb 18

Please join us in welcoming our three new Board Members.

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins is vice provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of the South. In that role, she is committed to understanding and building strong connections with the community. Her understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion is expansive, and she is committed to serving the communities where many Sewanee employees live. Anderson-Thompkins has a long career in higher education and some of the nation's top schools, and she has been deeply connected with service to the community wherever she has lived.



Julie Keel has made Grundy County her home for the past 15 years serving in various capacities with Mountain T.O.P., a housing nonprofit. During her tenure, she has brought Mountain T.O.P. into connection with other social service agencies. Her passion for the intersection of housing affordability and community development is fueled by the inspiring people and places of this little pocket of Appalachia. With more than 20 years of experience with nonprofits, Julie holds a certification in Nonprofit Leadership from the Center for Nonprofit Management and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Organizational Leadership.



Bran Potter and his wife, Cindy Potter, residents of Sewanee, are lifelong educators. Bran taught geology at the University, enjoying field studies with students on the Cumberland Plateau, St. Catherine's Island in Georgia, and the Colorado Plateau. His Walking the Land course encompassed the coves, cliffs, and human history of our local Plateau. Folk and traditional music are a continuing pleasure, and he is section-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Bran and Cindy were raised near the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, and with their three children and six grandchildren they reconnect regularly with family roots there.

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