As a community leader, educator and resident, John McGlennon knows James City County and the greater Williamsburg area. Having lived here for more than 40 years, John has seen the effects of good and less desirable change on our community. That’s why he works so hard to protect our quality of life from the impact of overdevelopment. He recognizes that the things that make our community so special need to be defended.
He initiated the county’s efforts to make new development pay for itself rather than imposing higher burdens on current property owners. He has been a forceful advocate for protecting our most important historical and environmental sites from the threat of exploitation. And he is a strong voice for citizens concerned about the impact of rampant growth on their communities, their housing values and their quality of life.
John represents the Roberts District on the James City County Board of Supervisors, having represented the Jamestown District prior to redistricting. His service has been recognized by two Virginia governors who have appointed him to advise them on local government, by local government officials from across the state who elected him as the chairman of the Coalition of High Growth Communities, and by the Virginia Transit Association, which has twice named him “Public Official of the Year.”
As Professor and Chairman of the Department of Government at the College of William & Mary, John teaches and researches on state and local government. He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University in New York and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
John and his wife Terry have lived in Rolling Woods since 1987. Their two sons, Andrew and Colin, are both graduates of the Williamsburg/James City County Schools and the College of William & Mary. Terry is an educator in the Newport News Public Schools.