Ann Verbeke Richards is grateful for the relationships she created with her fellow alumnae, faculty, and administrators.
“I’ve given to the College through the years because I feel that I owe it a lot,” Ann says. “I don’t feel the same way about other institutions I’ve attended.” Her support has been significant: a donor for 36 consecutive years, class agent, chapter president, and a member of the board of the Alumnae Association.
As a retired biology teacher, Ann understands the significance of the student-teacher relationship. “The encouragement and support that I got from the biology department as a student and when applying to grad school was a significant force in my life,” she says. “I would hate to think that the educational institution I attended and love so much would not continue to get support from its alumnae.”
“My favorite professor was Grace Wiltshire. She encouraged me to go to graduate school, and she was always a presence in my life; in fact, I put my firstborn in a stroller and she was one of the first people we visited. A relationship such as this explains the associations alumnae formed while attending Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.”
“The students still have the same experiences I did because it is a small school and they are involved with their professors,” Ann says. “Randolph College deserves to continue that tradition; it would be a shame to lose the spirit of the great institution that preceded it. Not much has changed in terms of what Randolph College offers a young person, like opportunities for personal growth.”
Ann believes the special qualities of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College will not evaporate because the Board made an important decision for the benefit of the institution. “That’s the reason I continue to give,” she concludes.