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Nancy and Colin Campbell named 2008 Prentis recipients for civic work

Nancy and Colin Campbell. Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg.(Williamsburg, Va.) – Nancy and Colin Campbell have been named the College of William and Mary’s 2008 Prentis Award recipients for their civic work in the Williamsburg and College communities. Colin is the president and chief executive officer of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and his wife, Nancy, is the chairman emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Campbells will receive the honor during a ceremony and reception held in their honor on May 8 at the College.

"The Campbells have been invaluable friends of both Williamsburg and William and Mary," said W. Taylor Reveley III, interim president of the College. "Our community is a far better place for having Nancy and Colin in our midst. We are thrilled to honor them with the Prentis Award."

Prentis Awards are given annually to community members whose civic involvement benefits the community and the College. The award is named in honor of the Williamsburg family whose 18th-century shop on Duke of Gloucester Street was a hub of colonial life. Members of the Prentis family have been friends of the College and the community since 1720, when the store was first established in Williamsburg. Last year, State Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3rd) received the honor.

Colin G. Campbell was appointed to his current position with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 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. Before beginning his work with the foundation, he served as the president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, president of Wesleyan University for 18 years, vice president of the Planning and Government Affairs Division of the American Stock Exchange, and an associate at the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Connecticut.

Colin has long been involved in community work, including most recently by serving as the vice chair of the steering committee and member of the management committee of Jamestown 2007. He is also a current trustee for the College’s Mason School of Business Foundation, a director of WHRO and of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. He has been a member of several corporate boards and currently works as chairman of Rockefeller and Company. He has received honorary degrees from 11 colleges and universities, and he received the DeWitt Clinton Medal from the New-York Historical Society.

Nancy N. Campbell currently serves as a trustee and vice chair of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation and is a director of The Montpelier Foundation. She also serves on the Trusteeship and Governance Committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as vice chairman and commissioner of the Jamestown 400th Commemoration commission, as a trustee of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy and as a trustee of Historic Hudson Valley.

Nancy previously served as chairman of the National Trust for Historical Preservation’s Campaign for Historic Places. She was elected to its board of trustees in 1989, serving as its vice chairman from 1993 to 1996 and its chairman from 1996 to 1999. She was the chairman of the trust’s Board of Advisors from 1987 to 1989 and of its Heritage Society from 1995 to 1996. For her years of preservation work, she has received numerous awards, including the Louise DuPont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust and the DeWitt Clinton Medal from the New-York Historical Society. She was also awarded an honorary degree from Wesleyan University in 2000.

A native of Virginia, Nancy earned her undergraduate degree from Hollins College (now University) and her master’s degree in architecture and urban studies from Wesleyan University. Born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, Colin received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Columbia University. The couple currently lives in Williamsburg, and they have four adult children and six grandchildren.