Colin G. Campbell is president and chief executive officer of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, having been appointed in April 2000. He was elected a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 1989, and served as its chairman from 1998 to February 2008.
Until July 31, 2000, Mr. Campbell was president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), a position he assumed in September 1988. The Fund was created by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who was also the principal benefactor of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Before joining RBF, he was president of Wesleyan University, a position he held for eighteen years. Mr. Campbell came to Wesleyan in 1967 from his post as vice president of the Planning and Government Affairs Division of the American Stock Exchange. Before joining the stock exchange, he was an associate at the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood of Stamford, Connecticut.
Among his many civic activities, he is currently a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary, a trustee for the College’s Mason School of Business Foundation and a director of WHRO and a member of the Fort Monroe Authority Board.
He has served as a trustee of the New-York Historical Society and chairman of the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Board of Directors. Mr. Campbell has been a member of several corporate boards of directors and currently serves as non-executive chairman of Rockefeller Financial. He has received honorary degrees from 10 colleges and universities as well as the James Kent Medal from Columbia University School of Law, the Prentis Award from the College of William and Mary, and the DeWitt Clinton Medal from the New-York Historical Society.
Mr. Campbell is a graduate of Cornell University and of the Columbia University School of Law. He is married to Nancy N. Campbell, chair emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and chair of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation. She is a Virginia native and graduate of Hollins College where she has served as a trustee. The Campbells have four adult children and seven grandchildren.