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November 23, 2007

CW welcomes new trustee

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed Thomas K. Norment Jr. as its newest trustee during its November meeting.

“We are delighted to have someone of Senator Norment’s stature and experience serve on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees,” said Colin Campbell, chairman and president of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “Tommy Norment has a distinguished record of service and accomplishment in the greater Williamsburg community and across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a good friend of the Foundation. Colonial Williamsburg is fortunate to have such a fine addition to our governing board.”

Senator Norment is a partner in the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles. He has been a member of the Virginia State Senate since 1992, representing the Third Senatorial District which includes the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and part of York County, among other areas. As co-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and a member of the Jamestown 2007 Steering Committee, Senator Norment played a pivotal leadership role in America’s 400th Anniversary, commemorating the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown.

In the Virginia Senate, Senator Norment’s committee memberships include the Rules Committee (chairman), Commerce and Labor Committee, Finance Committee, and Courts of Justice. He also chairs the Joint Subcommittee Studying Potential Changes in Restructuring the Electricity Industry in the Commonwealth and serves on the Commission Studying Incentives for the Shipbuilding Industry, the Joint Legislative Audit Review Committee, the Virginia State Crime Commission and the Governor’s Commission on Virginia Travel and Tourism.

He is chairman of the Board of Directors of TowneBank, a trustee of the Williamsburg Partnership in Educational Excellence; honorary trustee of the Williamsburg Land Conservancy; and former trustee of the VMI Foundation (1997- 2001). He was a member of the James City County Board of Supervisors from 1987 to 1991, serving as its chairman in 1991. Senator Norment is a two-time recipient of the Roll of the Drum Award from the Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, and earlier this year received the prestigious Prentis Award from the College of William and Mary.

Senator Norment is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. Earlier this month, Senator Norment received the VMI Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the foundation’s highest honor given to alumni and friends. He also holds a J.D. degree from the College of William and Mary. He and his wife, Mary, live in Williamsburg and are parents of two grown daughters. Mrs. Norment is a daughter of Mary and Carlisle Humelsine, former chairman and president of Colonial Williamsburg.

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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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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