William A. Royall, Jr. has been elected president of the VMFA Board of Trustees. He will assume office at the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2013. Thurston Moore of Hunton & Williams has served as President for the past three years.
Bill Royall is founder and chairman of Royall & Company, an information-driven direct marketing company providing enrollment management, advancement, and research services for more than 200 colleges and universities. He has been active on several VMFA Board task forces for marketing and information technology.
Bill is a member of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University, and he previously served on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University.
Bill and his wife, Pamela Kiecker Royall, are enthusiastic collectors of post-war and contemporary art and have made many significant loans and gifts to VMFA in recent years. They are co-chairmen of the campaign for VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art and they own Try-me, a private art and education space in Richmond’s Main Street gallery district. They divide their time between Virginia and New York City.
About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the nation. With acclaimed holdings in American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary art – and additional strengths in African, Ancient, East Asian, and European – VMFA ranks as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus lively after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.