Colin Campbell, who served as president of Wesleyan University from 1970-1988 and received Wesleyan honorary degrees in 1971 and 1989, received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the College of William & Mary’s Commencement on May 12.
Campbell, who served on the William & Mary Board of Visitors from 2008-12, has been the president and chief executive officer of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 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. Campbell previously 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 was an associate at the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Connecticut.
Campbell was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Ft. Monroe Authority and also serves as a current trustee of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business Foundation. In April 2008, W&M recognized Campbell and his wife, Nancy, with the Prentis Award, which is given annually to community members of extraordinary civic engagement.
During his tenure on the W&M Board of Visitors, Campbell served as chair of the Board’s Committee on Academic Affairs and was also a member of the Executive Committee, as well as the committees on Financial Affairs, Buildings and Grounds, Audit and Athletics. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and law degree from Columbia University School of Law.