Colonial Williamsburg President Reiss appointed to U.K. commission

Colonial Williamsburg President Mitchell Reiss has been named the U.K. commissioner to the new Independent Reporting Commission on Wednesday, according to the Irish Times.

“The Board of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation approved and supports Mitchell’s acceptance of this important, part-time diplomatic assignment.  We believe that he will not only assist in securing the peace in Northern Ireland, but his role will also elevate the profile of the Foundation and its mission both domestically and internationally," said Henry C. Wolf, chair of the Colonial Williamsburg Board of Trustees. 

The commission is in charge of tackling organized crime and paramilitarism in the United Kingdom, according to the Irish Times.

"I am delighted Mitchell Reiss has agreed to accept the position of UK Commissioner to the Independent Reporting Commission. His international standing and expertise as a former senior diplomat and Special Envoy to Northern Ireland will provide strong skills to the body which has been established as one of the Fresh Start commitments to eliminate paramilitarism and tackle organised crime," said James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland Secretary of State in a press release. 

Reiss was President George W. Bush’s special Northern Ireland envoy from 2003-07. Reiss has been the president of Colonial Williamsburg since October 2014 and previously served as president at Washington College.

The commission will start operations in 2017 and run until 2021 with each member receiving an annual payment of £17,500 ($21,700). Reiss will work part-time. 

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