Patricia Magee Daly, president and CEO of the George C. Marshall International Center, is retiring at the end of this year, the organization’s board of directors announced this week.
She began her tenure with the Marshall Center, based in Leesburg, in 2011 as its executive director and was promoted to president and CEO in 2012. Under her leadership, the Marshall Center has become a thriving education center with programs and events that are local, national and international in scope. Visitorship to The Marshall House, the general and his wife’s former home, has increased from less than 1,800 in 2011 to 3,400 in 2017, which the board of directors cited as solid evidence that the organization is fulfilling its mission to increase awareness of one of America’s greatest leaders.
While continuing to restore and preserve The Marshall House, Daly and her staff, made up mostly of volunteers, have restored the gardens and grounds to appear more as they did when the Marshalls lived in Leesburg, with many native plants in bloom year round. They have also expanded the international student partnership exchange programs for Loudoun’s public school students from one program in Germany to six programs available throughout Germany, Austria and France. They also launched the Marshalling-STEM program for rising sophomores and juniors in college who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math. More than 400 students from the U.S. and European countries have participated in the educational programs.
Those programs, plus international speakers’ forums and community events hosted at The Marshall House during Daly’s seven-year tenure, has raised the awareness of Marshall’s historic home and his legacy. Marshall served as the chief of staff of the U.S. Army, special representative of the president to China, secretary of state, president of the American Red Cross, and Secretary of Defense while living in Leesburg.