WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Nov. 14, 2008 – H. Benson Dendy III of Richmond was elected chairman of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation for a two-year term at the semi-annual board of trustees meeting today. He succeeds Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr., of James City County and former Virginia Delegate Vincent F. Callahan, Jr., of McLean, who served as co-chairmen under a special arrangement to address additional responsibilities associated with planning the recent commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of America’s first permanent English settlement. Callahan was elected chairman emeritus at today’s meeting.
The Foundation is a Virginia state agency, headquartered in Williamsburg that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virginia.
Dendy, a member of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation board for 24 years, has served as its vice chairman since 2004 and was president of the Foundation’s not-for-profit affiliate Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., from 1994 to 2000. He was vice chairman of the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission and served on the state’s Jamestown 2007 Steering Committee. Dendy is president of The Vectre Corporation, a government relations and economic development firm based in Richmond. Prior to joining Vectre, Dendy served in senior positions in the offices of the Virginia governor and lieutenant governor from 1978 to 1989, including service as Secretary of the Commonwealth and secretary to the governor’s cabinet.
Three other board officers were elected for two-year terms. Suzanne O. Flippo of Glen Allen succeeds Dendy as vice chairman. Virginia Senator Janet D. Howell of Fairfax County succeeds Flippo as secretary. Virginia Delegate M. Kirkland Cox of Colonial Heights was re-elected treasurer.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s board of trustees is comprised of General Assembly members, state officials, and gubernatorial and board appointees.