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November 30, 2010

Thomas F. Farrell II Named Vice Chairman and Chairman-Elect of Colonial Williamsburg Board

The Board of Trustees of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has elected Thomas F. Farrell II of Richmond, Va., as vice chairman and chairman-elect of the Foundation Board. Farrell will serve in that role until November 2011, when Richard G. Tilghman, current chairman of the Board of Trustees, will retire. Farrell’s election occurred during the annual fall meeting of the Colonial Williamsburg Board held on Nov. 20.

Farrell, a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg since 2006, is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources. Headquartered in Richmond, Dominion is one of America’s largest energy companies, with operations in 14 states. Farrell joined the company in 1995, was named president and chief executive officer in 2006 and chairman of the board in 2007. A leading expert on national energy issues and an advocate of a cohesive national energy policy, Farrell will chair the Edison Electric Institute, the industry’s national trade association, in 2011.

“Tom Farrell is one of Virginia’s and the nation’s leading business executives,” said Foundation chairman Richard G. Tilghman. “This is an orderly transition of governance responsibility at the Board level, and we welcome Tom’s leadership and counsel as he assumes this additional responsibility for Colonial Williamsburg.” Tilghman has served as a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg since 1994, as vice chairman of the Board beginning in 2000 and as chairman since 2008.

“Tom’s expertise in leadership, governance, finance and business, combined with his passion for the educational mission and historical significance of Williamsburg, make him an ideal successor to Richard Tilghman as chairman of the Colonial Williamsburg Board,” said Colin Campbell, president and chief executive of the Foundation. “He has been a valued advisor since becoming a trustee and I look forward to our partnership in the future.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Colonial Williamsburg Board and to have an opportunity to contribute to the preservation and advancement of this national treasure,” said Farrell. “I look forward to working closely with Colin on both the opportunities and the challenges before us as the Foundation continues to pursue its ambitious educational and business objectives.”

Farrell is a member of the Business Roundtable and a member of the Board of Directors of Altria Group, Inc. He has served on the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia, where he was rector. He also is a trustee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He serves on the boards of Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering Foundation. Additionally, Farrell chairs Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Commission on Higher Education Reform and has served as co-chair of the Governor’s five-member transition committee, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, chair of the Management Roundtable and a member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. He holds both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. 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.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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