Jane Marion, a 2004 graduate of Converse College, has returned to her alma mater to lead its alumnae office.
As director of the alumnae office, Marion is charged with helping the college’s graduates maintain a relationship with Converse through personal contact, reunions and special events throughout the country.
A magna cum laude graduate with degrees in history and art history at Converse, Marion recently completed her graduate work at the prestigious Winterthur Program in Early American Culture through the University of Delaware.
“It is wonderful to have Jane join Converse as director of alumnae,” said Converse President Betsy Fleming. “Jane was an exceptional leader while a student at Converse. She now returns with new knowledge and experience garnered from Winterthur, fresh ideas for advancing our alumnae program and a rich respect for tradition. We have high expectations for her contributions to the greater Converse community. She is a model Converse woman who possesses a passion for lifelong learning, leadership and service.”
As a Converse student, Marion authored a research paper which garnered best undergraduate paper in South Carolina history from the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies, and offered her leadership skills as service to her fellow students including a tenure as SGA President. She was presented with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award during the 2004 commencement exercises for exemplary citizenship through positive influence and special achievements within the community, and was one of eight students chosen nationwide to be a participant in the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellows Program in Massachusetts.
Marion is a graduate of Northwestern High School, and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Marion of Rock Hill. She comes from a long legacy of Converse graduates: Her grandmother Ann Davidson Marion, Class of 1947, and her aunts Susan Secord Marion and Ann Marion Lorenz, both members of the Class of 1980. “Converse is a family affair, and I’m glad to be returning home to do the important work of inspiring and celebrating the lifelong journeys of Converse women,” said Marion.