The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board of trustees has elected member Henry C. Wolf, retired vice chairman and chief financial officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation, to serve as its chair through 2018.
Wolf, who has served on the board since 2007, succeeds Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion Resources, whose term as a trustee continues through 2018.
“My affection for Colonial Williamsburg and my commitment to its critical mission date back to my Historic Area visits as a college student here in Williamsburg,” Wolf said. “Our world has changed since then, however the revolutionary events and ideals we interpret here today remain as relevant as ever. I thank my colleagues on the board for honoring me with their confidence, and I look forward to our continued stewardship of this great institution as it evolves to engage and inspire new audiences.”
Wolf earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the College of William & Mary, a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University. He served as an officer and attorney in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and clerked on the United States Tax Court before joining Norfolk Southern as a tax lawyer in 1973. Over the next 34 years he held positions including vice president of taxation and executive vice president of finance before retiring from the company in 2007.
“Hank’s leadership, which helped guide Norfolk Southern’s success during his tenure, is equaled by his service to his country and his passion for the institutions he so generously supports,” said Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. “He has helped steer the Foundation through the market challenges of the past decade, and will help ensure our ongoing success as a world-class living-history and resort destination.”
Wolf previously served as rector of the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary and is an emeritus member of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Council. He had also served as a director of AGL Resources, Hertz Global Holdings and Shenandoah Life Insurance Company.
“Colonial Williamsburg’s vibrancy amid the challenges facing the nation’s historic sites is testament to the contributions of its staff, volunteers, donors, and leaders like Hank,” Farrell said. “I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving the board as chair, and I move on confident that his skill and character will strengthen the Foundation into its tenth decade and beyond. The Foundation is, by any measure, in good hands.”
The other members of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board are Catharine O’Neill Broderick, former trustee, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Mark A. Coblitz, senior vice president (ret.), Comcast Corp.; Annette Gordon-Reed, Charles Warren professor of American legal history, Harvard Law School and a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University; Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation; Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP; Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court; Mark J. Kington, managing member, Kington Management, LLC; John A. Luke Jr., Chairman, WestRock Company; Judith A. McHale, president and CEO, Cane Investments, LLC; Leslie A. Miller, principal, Leslie A. Miller Esq., LLC; Steven L. Miller, chairman and president, SLM Discovery Ventures; Cynthia H. Milligan, dean emeritus of the College of Business Administration-University of Nebraska and president, Wood Stieper Capital Group; Thurston R. Moore, partner, Hunton & Williams; Thomas K. Norment Jr., Virginia state senator and counsel, Kaufman & Canoles; Joseph Christopher Simmons, managing partner (ret.), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Sheldon M. Stone, principal and portfolio manager, Oaktree Capital and Y. Ping Sun, university representative, Rice University.