July 25, 2014
Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Gen. Anthony Zinni Elected Trustees of The Colonial Williamsburg FoundationWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board of trustees has elected U.S. Sen. John (Jay) D. Rockefeller IV and retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony C. Zinni to serve as trustees of the Foundation. Zinni’s appointment is effective immediately. Rockefeller will begin his service in January 2015 following his retirement from the Senate after five terms in office.
“We are delighted and honored that Sen. Rockefeller will bring his 50 years of public service and national leadership to the board of trustees, continuing the work of the Foundation begun by his grandfather,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and CEO of Colonial Williamsburg. “Gen. Zinni brings to the board a lifetime of experience and leadership in public service, the military, diplomacy, business, and academia.”
Zinni is a consultant and public speaker on subjects including defense, national security, foreign policy, strategic planning and business development. Following retirement from the Marine Corps in 2000, Zinni served as U.S. Department of State special envoy to the Middle East and in support of peace efforts in Indonesia, the Philippines and Sudan. His military career includes service as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command, commanding general of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, deputy operations officer of the U.S. European Command and infantry battalion advisor during the Vietnam War. He has received numerous military honors and awards including Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal.
Zinni has been a teacher and lecturer at numerous institutions including the College of William & Mary, Virginia Military Institute and the Joint Forces Staff College. He is a distinguished senior advisor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and serves on numerous corporate, national policy institute and military association boards.
Zinni holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and Salve Regina University.
Prior to election to the U.S. Senate, Rockefeller served two terms as governor of West Virginia. He also served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia Secretary of State and as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. In the U.S. Senate, he chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Health Care Subcommittee on Finance, and is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, among numerous other assignments. He has been a national leader on a broad spectrum of issues including health care, economic expansion and job creation, fair trade policies, tax policy, energy independence, national security and intelligence, and educational and other policies in support of families and children.
He serves as a director or member of numerous policy and cultural organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society and the Washington Bach Consort. Rockefeller previously served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and has earned many national and international awards and honors during his 50 years in public service, including multiple honorary degrees, lifetime achievement awards from the United Steelworkers of America and Common Sense Media, West Virginian of the Year, the Alzheimer’s Association Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award and Humanitarian Award, the March of Dimes National Public Affairs Leadership Award and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government of Japan.
A graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Far Eastern languages and history, Rockefeller served in the Peace Corps and was a VISTA volunteer before entering public life. Sen. Rockefeller is married to Sharon P. Rockefeller, president and chief executive of WETA in Arlington, Va., who served as a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 2001-2013.