The Jefferson Council Announces New Executive Director, Contributing Editor

CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Jefferson Council (TJC), a nonprofit alumni association formed to preserve the legacy of Thomas Jefferson and the free exchange of competing ideas at the University of Virginia, is pleased to announce exciting changes in executive leadership.

Sam Richardson joins TJC as executive director with over three decades of experience in nonprofit leadership and IT messaging development for Fortune 500 companies. He received his doctorate from UVA and remains in the Charlottesville community where he will partner with TJC’s local members to engage with the broader University community. 

Jim Bacon continues in a strong commitment to TJC’s mission, assuming a new role of contributing editor. Leaning into his experience as a top-drawer journalist, Jim will document and expose current events on Grounds so that UVA alumni, donors, students, and faculty are informed and equipped to take action.

“The Jefferson Council is so fortunate to build off the incredible momentum we’ve experienced under Jim Bacon’s leadership and expand our team to include Sam Richardson,” said TJC president Tom Neale. “Sam’s career is defined by a dedication to advancing civil dialogue and competing ideas while confirming long standing American values and cultural traditions. I look forward to partnering with him as we lead Mr. Jefferson’s University into a future of excellence and true intellectual diversity.”

“UVA is at a cultural crossroads,” said Sam Richardson, “and I am honored to be at the helm of an organization that is motivated to guide our beloved university through this moment with excellence and civility. Our members and partners are eager to lead, and I look forward to working alongside them to hold UVA administrators accountable and to champion the best ideas and traditions that make UVA exceptional.”

To learn more about The Jefferson Council, please visit https://thejeffersoncouncil.com/

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Wahoo74
Wahoo74
2 days ago

Bravo! Great addition as TJC continues to forge ahead!!

TJC Reader
TJC Reader
2 days ago

Why was Jim demoted?

jimbacon1953
Admin
2 days ago
Reply to  TJC Reader

I was not demoted. I made it clear when I took on the job that it was not going to be forever. I was getting itchy to do more reporting and writing, which I’m good at, and less administering and fundraising, which I’m not good at, and I was the one who suggested the change. Working from my platform at Bacon’s Rebellion (wwww.baconsrebellion.com), I will continue to write about UVA in collaboration with the Jefferson Council. — Jim Bacon

Wahoo74
Wahoo74
1 hour ago
Reply to  jimbacon1953

Jim, you’ve been an incredible thought leader for TJC and will continue to be. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to TJC and Mr. Jefferson’s University.

Clarity77
Clarity77
11 hours ago

Very happy to see this development at TJC!

Mr. Bacon has done yeoman’s work in this very worthy cause and I am certain with Mr. Richardson’s addition TJC will be even more effective in serving to return UVA to its original intended mission as espoused by its Father. And that being the pursuit of truth, and truth only! Not this current social justice garbage which seeks to destroy and not build up our nation in so many insidious ways!

Wahoo74
Wahoo74
1 hour ago
Reply to  Clarity77

Bravo!