Valley Of Portsmouth


Ancient & Accepted

Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Illustrious James Dean Cole, 33º
Sovereign Grand Inspector General
in the Orient of Virginia 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite 
of Freemasonry 
Southern Jurisdiction of the 
United States of America

Illustrious James Dean Cole, 33°, serves as both the Lieutenant Grand Commander of the Supreme Council and as the Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Virginia.

Brother Cole was raised a Master Mason in 1983, in Craighill Lodge No. 160, serving as its Worshipful Master in 1987.  His past Masonic service includes serving as District Deputy Grand Master, District Educational Officer and as Chairman of the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance.

Brother Cole is a member of the Valley of Roanoke, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was coroneted 33° Inspector General Honorary in October, 2001.  He is a member of Blacksburg Royal Arch Chapter No. 65, Blacksburg Commandery No. 32, the Fort Lee-Richmond Camp No. 72 of the National Sojourners, Kazim Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Saint Thomas Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross, Wilderness Road York Rite College, and a 9th Grade member of the Masonic Societas Rosicruciana.  He has been elected to honorary membership in several Virginia lodges.  His current roles include: Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina; the board of directors of the Scottish Rite Research Society; the Code Commission for the Grand Lodge of Virginia; the Virginia Rainbow for Girls Scholarship Committee; the advisory board of the Virginia DeMolay Foundation and as a charter advisor for the Hanging Rock Chapter of DeMolay.  

He has received high honors from each of the Masonic Youth organizations, including an Honorary Membership on the International Council of DeMolay and its Legion of Honor award;  the Grand Cross of Color from the Rainbow for Girls and Honorary Membership on the Job’s Daughters Grand Guardian Council of Virginia.  On April 1, 2003, he received the Pierpont Edwards medal from the Grand Lodge of Connecticut for outstanding Masonic Service.  On November 5, 2004, he received the George Washington Distinguished Service Award from the Grand Lodge of Virginia.  In 2006, he was commissioned an honorary Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky.  On November 10, 2006, he received the Odie R. Howell Leadership Award from the Virginia DeMolay Foundation.

On November 14, 2000 he was elected and installed as the 156th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia.  On January 1, 2003, he was appointed Deputy of the Supreme Council, in Virginia and on October 7, 2003, was crowned an active member of the Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA.  He was appointed Grand Treasurer General of the Supreme Council in October, 2006 and was elected Lieutenant Grand Commander in August 2013. 

Illustrious Brother Cole was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on March 3, 1958 and moved with his parents to Shawsville, Virginia, in 1969, where he and his wife, Mary Ann, now reside. 

They have a daughter and a son.  Professionally, he is a CPA, having worked in public accounting and later in various administrative positions at Virginia Tech for almost twenty years.  He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Masters degree from Virginia Tech.  He is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Masonic Home of Virginia.

Brother Cole has been active in community and church service, including service as an Adult Bible Class teacher and as an active lay speaker since age fifteen. Professionally, he has served as a consultant and advisor to numerous companies, universities and non-profit organizations throughout the country.  He regularly conducts workshops for Masonic and other charities and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences around the country.  In his spare time he enjoys golf.