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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rebecca Duncan, who in May was named director of development at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, has resigned.

Duncan, who joined the North Carolina Symphony in December 1999 but left for personal reasons to take the Ravenscroft job, says the job was “not a good fit.”

Before joining the symphony, she was director of major gifts at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Headmaster James C. Ledyard says Ravenscroft is conducting searches both for a permanent development director and, in case the job couldn’t be filled quickly, an interim development director.

Duncan’s departure comes as the school is wrapping up a $12.5 million capital campaign, chaired by Merrill and Marilyn Hunter of Raleigh.

The school still is soliciting gifts and will announce its final tally Oct. 3 but says it exceeded its goal.

Big gifts include $1.25 million from the Seby B. Jones Family Foundation, more than $1 million from Pete and Lynn Murphy of Rose Hill and $1 million pledged by the Munther Qubain family of Raleigh.

Fundraising priorities for the future are to develop endowed gifts to support professional development and salary enhancements for teachers, and student scholarships and financial aid, Ledyard says.

The school’s endowment, now $11 million, will grow by about $2.5 million as a result of the campaign, he says.

The school’s annual fund, which raised $500,000 in the 2000-01 school year and helps to bridge the gap between tuition and operating costs, should grow by 5 percent this year, Ledyard says.

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