January 8, 2003
Colonial Williamsburg Announces Management Changes
Colonial Williamsburg Chairman and President Colin G. Campbell today announced changes in the management team of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. John S. Bacon, currently vice president, general counsel and secretary, will become senior vice president for external affairs and secretary with responsibility for institution-wide marketing, public relations and funds development, as well as for government, community and college relations, and board affairs. Gail Waddell will become general counsel, the chief legal officer of the foundation, reporting to Campbell.
“John Bacon has served the foundation extraordinarily well for more than 16 years,” said Campbell. “He is widely respected for his judgment, integrity, knowledge of the workings of Colonial Williamsburg and commitment to its mission. His new position combines a range of activities that convey to the public the programmatic and fund-raising messages of the foundation. As mandated in our strategic planning process they must be carried out in a thoughtful, collaborative style for maximum effectiveness. John Bacon is perfectly suited for that assignment.”
Gail Waddell has been the foundation’s assistant general counsel for two and a half years, having previously served as general counsel of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Health System in Norfolk, Va. “She is a first rate attorney,” said Campbell, “and has earned the confidence and respect of colleagues across the foundation for her skill, energy and concern for her fellow employees.”
Edward S. “Ned” Dunn, Jr., who has been a senior vice president of the foundation and president of the Colonial Williamsburg Company, has resigned his position to pursue other interests.
“I greatly appreciate Ned Dunn’s commitment and contributions to Colonial Williamsburg. His work on behalf of the Colonial Williamsburg Company has been impressive,” said Campbell. “During his tenure, the hospitality functions have been substantially reorganized and now are ably led by John Hallowell. Similarly, in the products area great strides have been made and new leadership is in place headed by vice president Jim Easton. Ed Allmann has assumed responsibility for foundation-wide marketing after focusing for several years on hospitality issues. It is a credit to Ned that individuals of this caliber have been attracted to Colonial Williamsburg and have performed so well in difficult times. Moreover, under his leadership, Merchants Square’s transition, including the planning for the new Corner Building and attracting new tenants to the Square’s rich retail mix, is proceeding well.”
Dunn, who intends to remain in Williamsburg, will be available for consulting work for the foundation. Hallowell and Easton will report to Campbell and Allmann will report to John Bacon. Dunn’s responsibilities for commercial real estate will be transferred to senior vice president Robert B. Taylor who oversees the foundation’s other real estate investments.
Christine R. Hoek, vice president for advancement, also has resigned her position. Campbell stated, “Christine Hoek has led the fund raising and other advancement activities of the foundation at a dynamic time. It is a great credit to her and her colleagues that Annual Fund and total gift receipts are at record levels in a year when charitable giving nationally appears to have slowed. The Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg, which is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31, 2005, now exceeds $300 million toward its $500 million goal, which is a considerable accomplishment. I am grateful to Chris for her dedicated service to Colonial Williamsburg in a time of challenging transition.”