The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is pleased that the Virginia General Assembly, particularly legislation sponsors Senator Emmett Hanger and Delegate Dickie Bell, and Governor Bob McDonnell, established the Virginia Commission on the Centennial of the Woodrow Wilson Presidency at this year’s session. The legislation, Senate Bill 350, establishes a commission “for the purpose of planning, developing, and implementing statewide programs and events to commemorate the centennial of President Woodrow Wilson’s election and presidency.” The legislation passed the General Assembly in March, was signed by the Governor on April 12, and became law on July 1. The last appointment to the Commission was made in June.
The Commission is composed of 11 members, including three members of the Virginia Senate, five members of the House of Delegates, and three non-legislative members. The members include the legislation’s sponsors, Dr. Fitz W.M. Woodrow, Jr., a Wilson family descendant who resides in Alexandria, and Dr. Don W. Wilson, President and CEO of the Presidential Library. The Commission is to meet four times per year. At the first meeting, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission are to be chosen and an Advisory Council appointed. The legislation indicates that no public funds will be used to support the work of the Commission. Suntrust Bank has agreed to underwrite the expenses of the Commission