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July 30, 2004

Linda Dalch Jones named vice president for development

Linda Dalch Jones, a veteran development leader with extensive experience at educational institutions and non-profit organizations, has been named vice president for development of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Dalch, who joins the Foundation in September, will be responsible for the management and successful conclusion of the Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg as well for post-campaign development efforts.

Reporting to Foundation President and Chairman Colin Campbell, Dalch will work closely with Colonial Williamsburg’s board of trustees, senior administrative officers and development staff to define the strategic direction of the Foundation’s fund-raising programs. She will work directly with individuals, corporations, foundations and other constituent groups to expand Colonial Williamsburg’s donor base and provide the essential funding to secure the Foundation’s future.

“Linda’s breadth of expertise, considerable leadership skills and familiarity with the region make her a superb addition to Colonial Williamsburg. I am delighted to welcome her,” said Campbell. “Her exemplary development experience and collaborative management style will serve us well at a time when fund-raising is so critical to ensuring the Foundation’s long-term fulfillment of our educational mission.”

Campbell noted Colonial Williamsburg’s development program is one of the oldest and most successful museum fund-raising programs in the country. With a goal of raising $500 million, The Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg, the institution’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, stands at $381 million, or 76 percent of its goal (as of July 14).

“As a longtime fan of Colonial Williamsburg and someone who made my first Williamsburg visit at age 7, I am delighted to become part of the development team and honored by the opportunity to play a direct role in an institution – and a place – that has meant so much to my family and to people across the country,” said Dalch.

“In these times of unrest around the world, the core values upon which our country was founded are more important than ever. Williamsburg’s original citizenry believed strongly in those values and lived their lives with that in mind,” she said. “How refreshing it is in the hustle and bustle of life today for one to reconnect to a place like Williamsburg, where families come together and one can reflect on our values and our history in a place where our nation actually began.”

Dalch currently is vice president of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering Foundation in Richmond, where she oversees all of the foundation’s development initiatives, including the annual fund, capital campaign design and implementation, and the school’s alumni board, parent’s council, and marketing and public relations activities. Previously, Dalch was executive director of development at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, president of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and director of leadership gifts for the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Prior to that, she was the director of development at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business.

A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Dalch currently lives in Richmond with her husband, Dan Jones, the director of economic development in Powhatan County, Virginia. Dalch has two grown daughters, Lara Dalch who lives in New York City, and Kelly Spraker who resides in Richmond. Recalling her many Colonial Williamsburg trips, Dalch has fond memories of visiting often with her young daughters to window shop at the Williamsburg Inn Craft House, tour the Historic Area and enjoy gingerbread cookies from the Raleigh Tavern Bakery.

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Tim Andrews
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