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June 13, 2013

Frances Burroughs Named Salameno Director of Educational Program Development

Frances Burroughs has been named the Theresa A. and Lawrence C. Salameno director of educational program development for Colonial Williamsburg. The position was previously held by Doug Shipman, who succeeded Bill White, who was named the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president for productions, publications and learning ventures in 2011 following the retirement of Richard McCluney.

Longtime Colonial Williamsburg supporters Theresa and Lawrence Salameno of Allendale, N.J., endowed the director of educational program development in 2008. In this position, Burroughs is responsible for Colonial Williamsburg’s education outreach programs including Teacher Institute, which completed its 23rd year last summer, the Electronic Field Trip series, in its 17th year, the digital high school history/civics education curriculum, “The Idea of America,” as well as partnerships with major elementary and secondary education publishers to create innovative classroom history and civics curricula.

Burroughs joined Colonial Williamsburg in 1993 as a project specialist in the costume design center and an evening program interpreter. She joined the productions, publications and learning ventures division in 1998, where she moved from production associate to producer to director of operations to director of programming. She earned six regional Emmy awards for her work on Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips from 2005 to 2012.

Prior to joining Colonial Williamsburg, Burroughs worked with the National Park Service and the Claude Moore Colonial Farm as a historical researcher, living history interpreter and manager. She also served as the continuing education coordinator for the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System distance learning programs.

A native of Washington, D.C., Burroughs earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Maryland at College Park and a master’s degree in museum studies and history from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has attended field schools at the American Friends of Attingham Summer School, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Summer School and the Seminar for Historical Administration.

“Frances brings museum, K-12, media production and management experience to her new role,” said White. “She is a creative and skilled leader whose value will be immeasurable as we develop a new generation of K-16 and general public American history and citizenship programming.”

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Barbara Brown