Photo Release -- Sandy Spring Bancorp Recognizes Director Solomon Graham's Service

Solomon Graham
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OLNEY, Md., April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SASR) announced that in honor of Solomon "Sol" Graham's impending retirement from the board of directors, a contribution was made to the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. (known as Saturday School) to recognize Graham's 18 years as a director. Graham joined the board in late 1994 and actively served on several committees including chairing the Nominating Committee. He will retire at the close of the 2013 annual meeting of shareholders to be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. An award-winning businessman and noted patron of academic causes, Graham has been a leader in the community for 30 years.

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"Sol has been an active and vital member of Sandy Spring Bancorp's board, and it has been a pleasure to serve with him," said Chairman of the Board Robert L. Orndorff. "He has never hesitated to offer his leadership, support, and judgment whenever it was needed."

Graham is the founder and President of Quality Biological, Inc., a provider of products and supplies for molecular biology and cell biology laboratories, located in Gaithersburg, MD. He is also an active supporter of the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, a tutoring and mentoring program which has enhanced the academic achievement of thousands of children in Montgomery County, Maryland since 1986.

President and CEO of Sandy Spring Bank, Daniel J. Schrider said, "As a local business owner and long-term client, we are very proud that Sol Graham has been a committed ambassador for Sandy Spring Bank over the years. His dedication to serving the community and passion for education makes him an outstanding role model for all of us. We are very pleased to honor him and his service to the board by making this donation in his honor to the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy."

About Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SASR) /Sandy Spring Bank

With $3.9 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 for more information about Sandy Spring Bank.

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