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January 12, 2010

Steven L. Miller elected to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Steven L. Miller of Houston, Texas, to serve as a trustee of the Foundation. Miller is chairman and president of SLM Discovery Ventures, Inc., a company formed in 2002 pursuing commercial ventures in support of volunteerism, social outreach and higher education academic achievement. SLM Discovery Ventures is headquartered in Houston.

Miller is the retired chairman of the board of directors, president and CEO of Shell Oil Company, holding that position from July 1999 until his retirement in 2002.

“Steve Miller is an accomplished leader,” said Colin Campbell, president of Colonial Williamsburg. “Active in both the business and not for profit communities, his professional achievements, commitment to service and deep appreciation of the mission of Colonial Williamsburg will contribute importantly to the work of the Foundation.”

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Miller graduated with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He began his career with Shell in 1967 at Shell’s Deer Park refinery near Houston. After various field, head office and overseas assignments in manufacturing and marketing, he was named vice president of refining and marketing for Shell Oil in 1988.

In 1992, Miller joined the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies management team in London, with responsibility for global supply and marketing. In 1996 he was named a managing director of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and a managing director of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

Miller serves on the boards of a number of local and national organizations and institutions. He is chairman of the board of RRI Energy. He is immediate past chairman of the University of Illinois Foundation and a senior member of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Board of Visitors. He is an emeritus trustee of Rice University and serves on the board of advisors for Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He also serves on the boards of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. He is immediate past chairman of the Center for Houston’s Future and is on the board and former chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Miller is past chairman of the Points of Light Foundation (2003-2007) and in 2002 received the Foundation’s Point of Light Award.

Miller has served as a director of the American Petroleum Institute and the National Urban League, and is a former member of the National Petroleum Council and the Business Roundtable. In 2003/2004 he served as the chairman of the CEO Diversity Initiative for Diversity Best Practices based in Washington, D.C. He also has served on the board of the World Golf Foundation and as a trustee for the First Tee.

Miller and his wife Sheila have two children. His interests include American history, antiques and golf.

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.

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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