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Colonial Williamsburg recently welcomed James Thomas as the organization’s new vice president of development.
Thomas, who officially takes over the position July 1, comes to Colonial Williamsburg from Western Michigan University, where he served as vice president for development and alumni relations and executive director of the Western Michigan University Foundation.
In those capacities Thomas led the implementation of an integrative approach to fundraising that resulted in a 160 percent increase in gifts to the university over a five-year period.
Prior to his tenure at Western Michigan, Thomas served in development leadership positions with the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System, as executive director of the Greater Lansing Catholic Education Foundation, and as director of development for Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
“Colonial Williamsburg was established only with the philanthropic support of one man, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Over 90 years, that base of support has grown to more than 100,000,” said President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. “To sustain that legacy and our Foundation’s critical mission will require continued leadership and innovation, which Jim has shown to great effect throughout his 25-year career.”