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OLNEY, Md., Nov. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq:SASR) the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank, proudly announces the appointment of Ronda McDowell as the bank's new Chief Credit Officer. Prior to her promotion, Ms. McDowell served as the bank's Senior Vice President, Loan Administration and Retail Senior Credit Officer.

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"We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ronda, which will complement our expanded lending platforms and enhance the oversight of our credit and lending functions," states Daniel J. Schrider, CEO of Sandy Spring Bank. "Ronda's leadership over 18 years at Sandy Spring Bank has solidified her as an excellent leader, manager, and colleague who lives our culture, values and principles each day."

With over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry, Ronda has served in a variety of capacities and leadership roles within the Credit and Lending Administration group. She has successfully integrated team members and converted loan systems in four bank acquisitions and established an Asset Based Lending Administration team to provide portfolio oversight of asset based lines of credit.

She is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and several American Management Association trainings. She is also an active Board Member of the Maryland Title Center. Ronda resides in Germantown, MD with her husband, Tom and son Ryan.

About Sandy Spring Bancorp/Sandy Spring Bank

With $4.1 billion in assets, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank and its principal subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc. Sandy Spring Bancorp is the largest publicly traded banking company headquartered and operating in Maryland. Sandy Spring is a community banking organization that focuses its lending and other services on businesses and consumers in the local market area. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank was founded in 1868 and offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking and trust services through 49 community offices in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and investment management services. Visit www.sandyspringbank.com for more information about Sandy Spring Bank.

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