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March 29, 2011

Kington Elected to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees, Grier Joins Colonial Williamsburg Company Board

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Mark J. Kington of Alexandria, Va. to serve as a trustee of the Foundation. Ed Grier, dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, joins the board of Colonial Williamsburg Company, the Foundation’s wholly-owned business subsidiary.

Kington is managing director of X-10 Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm focused on public equities. He was a founding member of Columbia Capital LLC, a venture capital firm.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark Kington, an accomplished business leader and entrepreneur, as a trustee of the Foundation,” said Colin Campbell, president of Colonial Williamsburg. “In addition to his business acumen, Mark brings a special passion for historic preservation, education and museums which will contribute importantly to the mission of Colonial Williamsburg.”

Kington serves on the boards of numerous organizations. He is a director of Dominion Resources and a member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. He also serves on the board of the University of Virginia Alumni Association and INOVA Health System Pension and Investment Committee.

Kington and his wife, Ann, are directors of the Kington Foundation which supports arts and culture, historic preservation, education, museums and the environment. Together they established the Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professorship in Environmental Change at the University of Virginia.

Kington is a former board member of the National Public Radio Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Virginia Historical Society, Woodlawn Plantation Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency, the University of Virginia Foundation, UVa Investment Management, and the Northern Virginia Health Foundation. He also has served as a special advisor to the Investment Committee of the National Gallery of Art.

A native of Tennessee, Kington earned a degree in finance from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Ed Grier, dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, joins the board of Colonial Williamsburg Company (CWC). CWC oversees the operations of Colonial Williamsburg’s hospitality, products and commercial real estate businesses.

Grier is a former senior executive of the Walt Disney Company. His work with Disney spanned 29 years including assignments in Tokyo and Paris and service as President of Disneyland Resorts in Anaheim, California. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Duquesne University and worked as a CPA and auditor at Ernst and Young before joining Disney. He served as commissioner of the California Travel and Tourism Commission, a member of the California Economic Recovery Task Force and a board member of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California. He serves on the board of Brandman University in Irvine, California. He was named dean at VCU in March, 2010.

“Ed Grier brings extensive experience in brand management, administration, finance and planning, marketing and public relations and employee relations, all within the context of the travel and tourism industry,” said Campbell. “We are delighted he is in the Commonwealth and will lend advice and counsel to Colonial Williamsburg’s operations.”

Richard B. Worley retired as a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg at the end of 2010, following twelve years of service on the board. Worley, of West Conshohocken, PA, leads the investment firm Permit Capital, LLC, and chaired Colonial Williamsburg’s investment committee, in addition to serving on several other board committees. Worley and his wife, Leslie Miller, support numerous aspects of Colonial Williamsburg’s educational program. The Leslie Ann Miller and Richard B. Worley Gallery is the largest exhibition space in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and is used for changing exhibitions of American folk art. The gallery is presently home to “Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art,” an exhibition of the foundation’s weathervanes, ship’s figure heads, tobacconist figures, carousel animals, shop signs, and the like.

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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