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December 8, 2009

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board extends president's appointment

At its recent meeting, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees extended the appointment of Colin Campbell as president and chief executive officer of the Foundation, subject to periodic review by the trustees. Richard Tilghman, chairman of the Foundation board, cited the board's desire to continue the skilled and experienced leadership provided by Campbell during a period of unprecedented economic challenges.

"The Foundation's Board of Trustees enthusiastically supports the extension of Colin Campbell's service as Colonial Williamsburg's chief executive," said Tilghman. "Colin knows every aspect of Colonial Williamsburg and its many constituencies and has guided the Foundation through extraordinary challenges. His proven leadership is invaluable to the organization. He continues to be the right person to lead the Foundation."

"I am humbled by the board's confidence and look forward to continuing the work we began together at Colonial Williamsburg nine years ago," said Campbell. "This is a site that occupies a central place in our nation's history, and an institution that is both fascinating and vital. The chief executive's responsibility offers challenge and inspiration each day. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a committed board and a superbly talented and dedicated staff. Nancy and I are delighted to continue on this journey."

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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