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One Longwood graduate and two others appointed to Longwood Board of Visitors

July 7, 2011

Longwood University sign in front of French building

A Longwood University alumna who is a Richmond lobbyist and two others were appointed recently to the Longwood Board of Visitors by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Marianne Moffat Radcliff '92 of Richmond is vice president for Kemper Consulting in its Richmond office and has held several positions in state government, including assistant secretary of transportation. The other new Board members are Thomas A. Johnson of Lynchburg, president of Thomas A. Johnson Furniture Co. Inc. of Lynchburg, and Jane Sheffield Maddux of Charlottesville, a retired businesswoman and community leader.

The new members replace John B. Adams Jr. and Otis L. Brown, who had served two terms, and Chin Han "Hank" Kim '90, who had served one term. Board members are appointed to a four-year term and may be re-appointed to another four-year term. Adams is the former rector, and Brown is the former vice rector.

Radcliff, who has been a private sector lobbyist for 13 years, represents clients before the Virginia General Assembly, legislative and executive branch agencies, and boards and commissions. Her practice centers on transportation, procurement, local government, natural resources and budget issues. Radcliff has worked since 2003 for Kemper Consulting, which also has an office in Norfolk, and worked previously as a lobbyist for five years for Williams Mullen, a Richmond law firm. She was assistant secretary of transportation under Gov. George Allen and legislative liaison for the Transportation Secretariat under Gov. Jim Gilmore, and she also has served as special assistant for government affairs in the Office of the Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation.

Radcliff majored in political science and minored in history and psychology at Longwood, where she was a member of Geist (now Mortar Board), the Judicial Board, the Order of Omega (Greek honor society), and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority; was one of the founding members of Princeps, a secret organization devoted to leadership; and was a class officer. Radcliff, who has a master of public administration degree from Bowling Green State University, taught a Longwood political science course (American Federal Government) as an adjunct instructor in fall 1994. She met her husband, Matthew Radcliff '91, at Longwood. She and Matthew, an engineer, have a 10-year-old daughter.

Johnson has been called "the epitome of the American dream." A native of Ghana, where he ran a trade school, he immigrated to the United States in 1996 with $20 in his pocket, driven here by political unrest in his native country. Before then, he had studied timber technology in Italy. In 1996 he opened a furniture factory at a small site in downtown Lynchburg, where he began building kitchen cabinets and other home furnishings.

The company, which moved to a former tobacco warehouse along the James River in 2001, makes high-end custom wood furnishings, has branched into production work for large furniture companies and luxury loft apartments, and has launched its own historic furniture retail company, James River Furnishings. "His furniture has become part of a number of Lynchburg landmarks, including Bank of the James offices, Givens Books and downtown hotels Holiday Inn Select and Craddock-Terry," says a 2009 article in Blue Ridge Business Journal. Johnson's dream is to build woodworking trade schools in Lynchburg and Ghana.

Maddux has worked in public relations for the bimonthly magazine Virginia Sportsman since 2009; was advertising and marketing coordinator for Ferguson Enterprises Inc. in Charlottesville in 2006-07; was owner of Reflections Inc., a full-service hair salon in Charlottesville, from 1994 to 2006; and was an agent with Roy Wheeler Real Estate in Charlottesville from 1982 to 1985. She has twice run for the State Senate: in 2001 in a special election against Sen. Creigh Deeds and in 1999 against the late Sen. Emily Couric.

A Blackstone native who has lived in Charlottesville for 33 years, she is a 1972 graduate of Mary Baldwin College, where she majored in political science. She is currently on Mary Baldwin's Foundation Board and is a former member of the college's Alumnae Board and Advisory Board of Visitors. She was appointed by Gov. McDonnell in August 2010 to the Virginia Board of Medicine, on which she is the only citizen member (non-doctor and non-lawyer). She and her husband, John E. Maddux, president/manager of Ferguson Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville, have two children and four grandchildren.