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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:45 am | Updated: 8:42 am, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

Sweet Briar College has announced the appointment of two key staff members in the Office of Alumnae and Development.

Margaret Kimball Lippard began serving in the fall as director of major and planned giving.

A native of Lynchburg, Lippard graduated from E.C. Glass High School, and also is well known in the community from her four years as director of development at United Way of Central Virginia.

She previously worked for 10 years as vice president in trust and estate planning within SunTrust Bank’s private wealth and investment management group.

Lippard also is a past president and current member of the Lynchburg Estate Planning Council, serves as a trustee of the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library Endowment Fund and the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, and volunteers as a member of the Opera on the James Advisory Council.

Lippard earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Smith College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

She also has an M.Ed. from Harvard University, an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the College of William & Mary.

Marianne Ramsey is the college’s new major gifts officer.

She, too, is a graduate of E.C. Glass High School, and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and management.

Ramsey worked in the banking industry in Richmond before she and her husband, Bill, moved back to their native Lynchburg to raise their three children.

Ramsey comes to Sweet Briar with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

In 2008, she served as director of development at New Vistas School and most recently as executive director of the Historic Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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