Amy Sebring announces departure from College, named executive vice president, chief operating officer at Virginia Tech

Oct. 11, Amy Sebring M.P.P. ’95 will serve her last day as the Chief Operating Officer of the College of William and Mary after being named Executive Vice President and CBO of Virginia Tech. Associate Vice President for Business Services and Organizational Excellence Jackie Ferree will serve as the interim COO of the College while President Katherine Rowe conducts a national search for Sebring’s permanent successor.

At the College, Sebring managed strategic finances and multiple operational units including auxiliary services, facilities and government relations. As chair of the Public Health Advisory Team, Sebring also helped spearhead the College’s response to COVID-19. 

“Ms. Sebring is known for her swift intelligence, mission-driven approach and transparency,” Rowe wrote in an email to the community. “Please join me in extending warm congratulations to Ms. Sebring as she begins this exciting new chapter in her career.”

Sebring began working for the College in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer before being named COO in 2020. In her time here, Sebring implemented new technology in the College’s business processes, revamped public safety areas and helped lead a review of the school’s budget during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have learned a great many things at William and Mary, which I’ll take with me with the intent of sharing,” Sebring said in a press release. “Not the least of which is the value of a good team.”

Sebring will build on her experiences at the College by leading Virginia Tech’s finances and operations. She is set to be a strategic advisor to the president at the University, while overseeing units such as policy and governance and planning and facilities management. 

“Her work at William and Mary demonstrates a deep understanding of the business of higher education and great expertise in supporting the teaching, research and engagement mission,” Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said of Sebring. “With her experience in government and strong relationships in Richmond, she is a powerful advocate for higher education in the commonwealth, and her accomplishments reflect well on her distinguished  alma mater.”

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Anna Arnsberger '25 is a history and government double major from DC. She is currently the Operations Coordinator and previously served as News Editor. Outside of the Flat Hat, Anna is a goalie on the club field hockey team and a member of Innocence Club.


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