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December 8, 2010

Bill White Named Colonial Williamsburg’s Vice President for Productions, Publications and Learning Ventures

Colonial Williamsburg has named Bill White the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president for its productions, publications and learning ventures division. He succeeds Richard McCluney, who is retiring at the end of the month after 27 years with the Foundation.

“I am delighted that Bill White will assume this new responsibility,” said Colonial Williamsburg President Colin Campbell. “Bill has played a central role in the development of our groundbreaking outreach programs. His appointment provides continuity of leadership, creativity and enthusiasm for making effective use of technology to further Colonial Williamsburg’s educational mission.”

White earned a doctorate degree in American studies from the College of William and Mary and a bachelor’s degree in history from Christopher Newport University. His career at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation began at the age of 12 when he became a fifer in the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. He became a member of the Fifes and Drums staff in 1971 and was military music master of the group from 1981 to 1985.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the remarkable and talented people who comprise the division of productions, publications and learning ventures,” said White. “Together we will tap the potential of 21st-century media to extend the reach of Colonial Williamsburg’s mission and programs to new audiences around the world.”

Since 1998, White has been responsible for K- 12 education outreach initiatives including the national broadcast of Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series, Teacher Institute and the development of teacher and student materials in print, video, Internet and other media. White led the way in the development of strategic publishing partnerships with Pearson Education designed to extend Colonial Williamsburg’s outreach to new and distant education audiences. In 2007, he was named the Theresa A. and Lawrence C. Salameno director of educational program development.

Most recently, White authored “The Idea of America” an interactive, fully digital, Web-based curriculum through which students learn lessons from history and the principles of American citizenship. Available for school implementation this school year, “The Idea of America” uses case studies, each introduced by students, to make the content relevant to today’s learners and to encourage active citizenship. To support the lessons, teachers select from among resources and interactive tools including dramatic readings of key text, documentaries and interviews with contemporary figures. In addition, primary sources such as newspapers, works of art, diaries, journal entries, speeches and wills also are provided. The curriculum will be distributed by Pearson Education.

White has served as executive producer for numerous Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trips, many of which he wrote. He was producer and writer for the Colonial Williamsburg Primary Sources CD-ROM, Grades 1–3 and Grades 4–6, published by Colonial Williamsburg and Pearson Scott Foresman. He has been a field reviewer for the Institute of Library Services general operating support grants and has been a featured speaker at education and museum conferences in the United States and in Europe. He is the author of numerous articles on civics education and history-based museum programs.

White is no stranger to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, having served as director of Historic Area programs and operations, Capitol area; director of historic trades, presentations and tours; director of the company of colonial performers; military music master and coordinator for the company of colonial performers; assistant music master and music assistant for the foundation.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, the National Council for Social Studies, the Organization of American Historians and is on the board of the National Council for History Education.

The endowed position has been funded by longtime Colonial Williamsburg supporters Royce R. and the late Kathryn M. Baker of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., since 2002. Mr. Baker is a member of the Raleigh Tavern Society, Colonial Williamsburg’s leading donor society.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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