ABOUT

HISTORY

The “idea” of The Williamsburg Institute was born out of a clear and present need for improved and sustainable civil discourse and civic engagement in American society. By combining the intellectual prowess of William & Mary with the world-class historical resources of Colonial Williamsburg, a collaborative opportunity was identified to speak directly to this “idea.” An opportunity to educate, equip, and prepare individuals for effective leadership in their organizations and communities while promoting a deep understanding of the foundational principles of our nation and their contemporary application to engagement, civility, respect, and inclusivity. As the United States approaches its 250th year, the Institute is seen as playing a crucial role in this discussion.

OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christopher Caracci leverages his remarkable 32-year tenure with The Walt Disney Company, where he was a senior leader with the Disney University and the Disney Institute, to excel in his role as the Executive Director of The Williamsburg Institute. His profound expertise in executive education, adult education, adult learning andragogy and methodologies, and immersive program experience design are cornerstones of his contributions. Chris stands as an expert in the arena of organizational behavior and culture strategy, with a pronounced emphasis on aligning core leadership competencies with values-driven operational philosophies.

In addition to his leadership role at The Williamsburg Institute, Chris holds a faculty position at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business and is a faculty member for executive education at Cornell University. In these roles, he teaches and offers insights into values-centric leadership, service-centric operational processes, global competitive strategy, and sustainable organizational behavior.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CARLY FIORINA

Chair

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Carly began her career as a secretary for a nine-person real estate firm. She climbed the corporate ladder at AT&T and Lucent Technologies through a willingness to tackle tough problems, a relentless focus on producing results and accepting accountability, and a passion for leveraging the talents of others and building high-performance teams.

She was recruited to Hewlett-Packard with a mission to transform the company from a laggard to a leader, becoming the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company. During her tenure as Chair and CEO, Hewlett-Packard became the largest technology company in the world, innovation tripled, cash flow quadrupled, and revenue and profit growth accelerated.

Both the government and the private sector have sought out her vast problem-solving, team-building, and leadership experience. She has advised the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. She founded Carly Fiorina Enterprises to bring her expertise to private sector teams, and the Unlocking Potential Foundation to allow those in the social sector to benefit from her experience. She is the author of three best-selling books on leadership for general audiences, as well as a weekly LinkedIn newsletter with over 500,000 subscribers. She is a frequent speaker to teams and executives of many industries all over the world.

Carly believes that citizens and leaders in civil society have an important role and an enormous opportunity to drive positive change. In 2015, Carly launched a campaign for President. Americans came to know Carly as a clear-eyed, direct leader capable of actually solving problems and delivering results. She is a member of the newly-formed American Bar Association Task Force for American Democracy, which is focused on those actions necessary to improve citizens’ confidence in American elections. She serves as the founding visionary and Executive Chair of The Williamsburg Institute, where history-makers meet. She also serves on the Board of Visitors for James Madison University.

As a student of history and philosophy at Stanford University, Carly first began to appreciate the power of ideas to drive change and the impact of history on the present and future. She believes that a deeper understanding of our nation’s full history, as well as the ideas upon which America was founded is particularly important during the current climate of division, discord, and political dysfunction. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as well as the National Honorary Chair of the Virginia 250 Commission. In both roles, she is focused on ensuring that our nation’s founding is broadly understood, accurately portrayed, and commemorated in an inclusive, accessible way, particularly as we approach the United States Semiquincentennial in 2026.

Developed and honed throughout her experience over decades and around the globe, from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, from the private to the public to the social sector, Carly approaches each challenge with three core beliefs: every individual has more potential than they realize; people closest to the problem know best how to solve it; and the highest calling of leadership is to unlock potential in others and work with them to solve problems and change things for the better. Putting those beliefs to work within the criminal justice system, she is the founder and Chair of Pathway to Promise, an organization that works with justice-involved youth so they can change their world.

She and her husband Frank have been married for almost forty years. They live in Lorton, Virginia, where they are both active members of the community and support numerous local charitable causes. Their daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters live nearby.

KENDRICK ASHTON

Trustee

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Kendrick is the Co-Founder and co-CEO of The St. James, a prominent developer and operator of performance, wellness, and lifestyle ventures. As a proud alumnus of William & Mary, Kendrick's accomplishments include his pivotal role as the co-founder of The William & Mary Alumni Angel Network, a group of angel investors, wholeheartedly dedicated to nurturing startups and emerging companies. Kendrick's vision and leadership have breathed life into this network, fostering growth and innovation in the business world.

Education is a passion that burns brightly within Kendrick. He has channeled this fervor into active participation in initiatives that champion educational opportunities. His dedication to empowering students through education is a testament to his commitment to a brighter future.

Kendrick's philanthropic endeavors have been a source of positive change in society, exemplifying his desire to make the world a better place through meaningful contributions. He has generously supported a range of charitable causes and organizations, including Board of Trustees membership at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the National Urban League, and the William & Mary Foundation, and a member of the Board of Visitors for William & Mary.

Kendrick's career story is one of unyielding dedication to innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. His profound impact in the realms of business and investment has earned him the respect and admiration of peers and colleagues alike. He stands as a revered figure in these communities, a beacon of inspiration for those who follow in his footsteps.

PEGGY AGOURIS

Trustee

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Peggy's long career in academia and leadership has spanned several esteemed institutions and roles. Before becoming William & Mary’s 6th provost in 2019, she held multiple significant positions at George Mason University, including serving as the dean of the College of Science, director of the NASA-funded Center for Earth Observing and Space Research, chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, and as a distinguished professor specializing in remote sensing and spatial informatics. Peggy started her academic career at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, consistently ranked as one of the ten best universities in the world, before joining the College of Engineering at the University of Maine. Peggy's extensive expertise extends into the private sector, where she also served as a principal investigator on technology transfer projects. A prolific scholar, Peggy has authored over 100 publications in various fully refereed academic outlets and has served as principal (or co-principal) investigator in research projects funded by NSF, NASA, NGA, and other federal agencies, with budgets exceeding $35M. Peggy holds a diploma (BS/MS) in engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and MS and PhD degrees from the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She also holds a degree in classical music from the Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts in Greece.

CLIFFORD FLEET

Trustee

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Cliff stands as an individual whose life has been marked by a variety of experiences in the domains of education and leadership. His journey is a testament to the places one can go through dedication and a deep passion for understanding and education in the field of history.

At The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF), Cliff holds the positions of President and CEO. This foundation, renowned as the world's largest living history museum, is on a continuing and noble mission to safeguard and illuminate American colonial and revolutionary history. Under his leadership, CWF has emerged as a vanguard in historical preservation and innovative educational programming, with history coming to life for guests through engaging experiences meticulously crafted to transport them back in time.

Cliff holds four academic degrees from William & Mary in the fields of history, business, and law, providing him with a solid foundation for excelling in executive leadership roles. He extends his wisdom and experience to the next generation as a faculty member of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

JEFF TRAMMELL

Trustee

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Jeff's professional career spans the interrelated fields of education, government, and the private sector, affording him an acute understanding of successful leadership across those disciplines.

He spent years working as a staff member in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, immersed in the inner workings of the legislative process. He then became head of public affairs for the international consulting firm, Hill & Knowlton, helping corporate leaders around the globe succeed in the face of public and governmental challenges. He also served as a senior advisor in two presidential campaigns.

Jeff is former rector of William & Mary and a former member of the Board of Visitors at William & Mary. In these capacities he led the university to adopt an innovative financial model, the William & Mary Promise. He served on the Virginia gubernatorial transition team on education and the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments. For five years he served on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, whose membership includes virtually all educational institutions in the nation. He was consulting editor of Trusteeship magazine which educates the nation’s college and university trustees and is the author of Effective Board Chairs: A Guide for University and College Chairs. He is the former chair of the board of the Harriman Fellows in International Diplomacy, which provides competitive fellowships for students in that field.

Currently, Jeff is a Trustee of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and has also served as a board member of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and James Monroe's Highland, underscoring his commitment to the preservation of historical and cultural institutions and the role they play in undergirding American democracy.

ADVISORY BOARD

James Boswell, M.A., M.B.A., J.D.

Business Law Faculty: Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary

Executive Education Faculty: Cornell Law School

Law Faculty: Albany Law School


Robert Currie, B.F.A.

Director of Entertainment: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation


Dan Dutcher, B.A.

Founder & Owner: Dan Dutcher Public Relations and Communications


Ann Marie Stock, Ph.D.

Presidential Liaison for Strategic Cultural Partnerships and Chancellor Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures: William & Mary


Matt Williams, M.B.A.

Marketing Faculty: Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary

Owner and Managing Partner: Brand Federation Marketing


Sally Wolfe, B.A.

Senior Director of Development: Williamsburg Landing


Alexandra Joosse, Ph.D.

Public Policy Faculty: Public Policy Program, William & Mary

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