John O. (“Dubby”) Wynne

Board Member

John O. Wynne is the retired President and CEO of Landmark Communications, Inc., which had interests in newspapers, broadcasting, cable programming and electronic publishing.

He worked alongside senior business leaders through the GO Virginia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) to establish through legislation, GO Virginia, which provides state-funded financial incentives for localities to collaborate to create higher paying jobs and strengthen the economies in the nine defined regions of the Commonwealth. He currently serves as Chair of Reinvent Hampton Roads Board of the Directors, the GO Virginia Foundation and serves on the Virginia Growth and Opportunities Board (“GO Virginia”), having served as Chairman of GO Virginia for the prior three years. Mr. Wynne chairs Reinvent Hampton Roads, a 501(c)(3) created to strengthen the Hampton Roads economy. More recently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Hampton Roads Maritime Collaborative whose purpose is to provide thought leadership, alignment, and organizational structure that will identify, prioritize, and pursue impactful opportunities which meaningfully result in long-term economic development and innovation for the Hampton Roads maritime industrial base ecosystem.

Mr. Wynne is a founding member of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable. He is a member of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. He is a past member of the Board of Directors, and former Chair of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

Formerly, Mr. Wynne has served as Rector, Board of Visitors, University of Virginia; former Chairman of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company; Charter Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, Princeton University; Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board at Princeton; Co- chair of Leadership Giving for Princeton’s $1.1B Anniversary Campaign (1995-200); and Co- Chair the $1.75B Aspire Campaign (2005-2007); Annual Giving Chair, Princeton University, 2012-2014. He also served on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment and the Virginia Higher Education Advisory Council.

Mr. Wynne’s past service also includes being former Co-Chairman, Hampton Roads Partnership; former Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Business Council; former Trustee and President, Board of Trustees, Norfolk Academy; former Member of the Board of Trustees, Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation; former Director and Member, Executive Committee, National Cable Television Association; former Chair, National Satellite Programmers Group; former member and vice Chair, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters; former Chair, United Way of South Hampton Roads Capital Campaign; and former director and President, Junior Achievement of Tidewater.

In 1997, Mr. Wynne received the Vanguard Award for Programmers from the National Cable Television Association, and the Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Cable Programming for “his leadership and insight in making The Weather Channel the preeminent provider of weather information, and one of the most innovative and popular networks on television….” In 2016, he was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. In 2006, he received a First Citizen Award from the National Governor’s Association for Distinguished Service to State Government for his work in creating and then helping to implement the Council on Virginia’s Future, which focused on developing a long-range strategy and performance management system for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2014, he received the Darden Award for Regional Leadership from the CIVIC Leadership Institute, and he was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Human Letters, from Old Dominion University. Mr. Wynne received his BA from Princeton University in 1967 and Juris Doctor Degree from University of Virginia in 1971.