By CLINT SCHEMMER Culpeper Star-Expositor

The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia loses its executive director.

Tim Sutphin will leave his post, which he held for 3½ years, to pursue a business opportunity, the foundation announced on Wednesday. He has worked in the non-profit museum field for over 30 years, 27 of which at Colonial Williamsburg.

Sutphin’s last day at the Fort Germanna Visitor Center on State Route 3 will be June 24. In mid-July, he plans to attend the Germanna Foundation’s annual conference and meeting.

Sutphin came to the foundation during a period of transition, as it sought to broaden its appeal to new audiences.

“During his tenure, our financial strength has improved and we have experienced an increase in visitor and volunteer numbers,” the foundation said in a statement.

Sutphin introduced new programs to engage supporters and area residents, including Public Access Days at Salubria and Fort Germanna, a historic Trades and Crafts Day, and virtual “Evenings with Germanna” that have been seen across America.

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He helped secure a large donation from a supporter, which allowed the foundation to invest more in its archeology program and hire additional staff.

“Tim helped the board begin the long process of moving from a ‘management board’ to a ‘resource board’ after voting to do so at the 2018 strategic retreat,” said Bruce Davis. , director and member of the foundation board. vice-president. “He’s been a huge help.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sutphin pivoted the foundation’s annual conference and meeting to a virtual format. And he oversaw successful applications for COVID relief grants.

Guided by his work, the foundation places a conservation easement on his land in the Siegen Forest along the Rapidan River.

Sutphin said it has been a pleasure to work with association members and supporters to tell Germann’s story.

“I am confident that my efforts have laid the foundation for growth and will lead to the next chapter of the institution’s success,” he said. “The Germanna Foundation is becoming a leader in studying the effects of migration on Virginia’s diverse cultures.”

Keith Hoffman, chairman of the foundation’s board, thanked Sutphin for his “dedicated and enthusiastic service.”

The Orange County-based nonprofit foundation preserves a handful of historic sites in Virginia’s northern Piedmont. To learn more, visit germanna.org.

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