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October 13, 2011

Doug Shipman Named Salameno Director of Education Program Development

Doug Shipman has been named the Theresa A. and Lawrence C. Salameno director of education program development for Colonial Williamsburg. The position was previously held by Bill White, who was named the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president for productions, publications and learning ventures in January following the retirement of Richard McCluney.

Longtime Colonial Williamsburg supporters Lawrence and Theresa Salameno of Allendale, N.J., endowed the director of education program in 2008. In this position, Shipman is responsible for Colonial Williamsburg’s education outreach programs including Teacher Institute, which completed its 22nd year this summer, the Electronic Field Trip series, in its 16th year, the digital high school history/civics education curriculum, The Idea of America, as well as partnerships with major elementary and secondary education publishers to create innovative classroom history and civics curricula.

A native of Connecticut, Shipman earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Washington and Lee University and was commissioned into the U.S. Army. He served five years active duty and continued his army career through 30 years of active and reserve duty, retiring at the rank of colonel in July of this year.

In 1987, while completing a master’s degree in secondary education at the College of William and Mary, Shipman worked as a costumed interpreter and school and group services specialist for Colonial Williamsburg. He later worked for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as an outreach teacher and supervisor, eventually promoted to director of outreach education and special services, responsible for serving more than 90,000 students through an outreach education program. He was also responsible for training and staff development, group reservations, volunteer services, security and visitor research.

In 2003, Shipman returned to his native Connecticut to assume the role of director of the Wethersfield Historical Society, where he served until 2008. For four of the past seven years, Col. Shipman served on active duty as director of training and military advisor to foreign security forces stateside, in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

“Doug Shipman has the leadership skills, experience, dedication to education outreach and love of history that perfectly suit him to be the new Theresa A. and Lawrence C. Salameno director of education program development,” said White.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. 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.

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