Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch joins Colonial Williamsburg board of trustees

United States Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was announced Thursday as the newest member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Donald Trump and joined the Supreme Court in April 2017, will fill one of three positions on the board that were vacated at its November meeting, according to a news release.

At the meeting, former Chairman Henry C. Wolf, Dominion Energy head Thomas F. Farrell II and Cynthia H. Milligan, dean emeritus of the University of Nebraska and president of Wood Stieper Capital Group, all stepped down from the Foundation’s board.

“Colonial Williamsburg is in the midst of transformation and renewal thanks in large part to the dedication and guidance of Hank, Tom and Cynthia,” CW President and CEO Mitchell Reiss said in the release. “We will build on their success under Thurston’s guidance as we welcome Justice Gorsuch and engage new, wider audiences with America’s enduring story.”

Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Gorsuch was appointed in 2006 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and from 2005 to 2006 served at the U.S. Justice Department as principal deputy associate attorney general, the release states.

“Colonial Williamsburg is an institution unique in the world and a place where we can disconnect from modern debate and reconnect with our shared, founding principles on the very ground where they were forged,” Justice Gorsuch said in the release. “I’m honored to support an organization that preserves and shares this moment in our history, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and across the entire foundation.”

Thurston R. Moore, chairman emeritus and special counsel of the Richmond law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, was also recently appointed as the new chairman of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees.

In addition to his new role as the head of the foundation’s board, Moore also serves as president and a trustee of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, chairman of NextUp RVA, an executive committee member and past chairman of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and a trustee emeritus of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Foundation. According to the release, he is also a past trustee and president of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and past chairman of the board of governors of St. Christopher’s School in Richmond.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve this indispensable institution as we inspire new audiences and strengthen civil society for generations to come,” Moore said.

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