W. Taylor Reveley IV


W. Taylor Reveley IV

W. Taylor Reveley, IV became the 26th president of Longwood University in 2013. A scholar of the U.S. presidency, he previously served as the managing director of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, a leading nonpartisan institute, and as the coordinating attorney for the National War Powers Commission, co-chaired by U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher. He began his career as an attorney with Hunton & Williams. Full Bio

Troy Austin

Director of Athletics

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Troy Austin is the University’s Director of Athletics, overseeing Longwood’s intercollegiate athletic program and 14 men’s and women’s teams in the Big South Conference.

He has served as Director of Athletics since 2008, following two years as interim in that role.  He is one of the youngest Division I athletics directors in the nation.  A member of the NCAA Division I Council, he also serves as chair of the NCAA Division I Membership Committee.  Prior to coming to Longwood, he was director of program development and marketing relations for the NFL Coaches Association.

Austin earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where he was a four-year football letterman and team captain as a senior.  He also holds a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Larissa Smith Fergeson

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Larissa Smith Fergeson is the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, overseeing faculty and staff in Longwood’s four academic colleges and honors college.

Fergeson has been at Longwood since 2000. As a professor of history, she specializes in 20th century African-American history, history of the U.S. South, and Virginia history. She chaired the Faculty Senate from 2010-13, and served on the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Executive Committee, which culminated in Longwood’s most recent reaffirmation. In 2014 she was named the university liaison to the Robert R. Moton Museum and served as vice chair of the Academic Core Curriculum Committee which revised the general education program. In 2015 she served as Associate Provost for Outreach Programs and Initiatives.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political and social thought from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. Ph.D. in American History from Emory University.

Courtney Hodges

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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Courtney Hodges is the University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, overseeing Longwood’s work in philanthropic fundraising, government relations, and event services.

She has served as a gift officer at Longwood for more than a decade, including as a major gift officer during the University’s recently completed $41 million capital campaign.  She was appointed to her current position in 2015.  Prior to coming to Longwood, she worked for the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.

A graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, she also received a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Victoria Kindon

Vice President for Strategic Operations

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Victoria Kindon is Longwood’s vice president for strategic operations and CIO, overseeing the University’s efforts to improve retention and graduation, as well as admissions, alumni engagement, university marketing and communications, and technology.

Prior to her arrival at Longwood in 2013, she was a leader at technology firms that provided solutions and strategy for national and regional political campaigns, nonprofits and businesses. Her work with presidential campaigns in particular helped transform constituent engagement across the nonprofit and political sectors. Her areas of expertise include strategic application of data analysis and data integration, fundraising and marketing.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Cameron O'Brion

General Counsel

Cameron O’Brion

Cameron O’Brion is University Counsel for Longwood University and Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

He provides legal advice and representation to the Board of Visitors, executive officers, administrators, faculty and staff.  He also serves as an adjunct professor teaching a course in constitutional law.  Prior to joining Longwood, he was an Assistant Attorney General for the Virginia Office of the Attorney General and worked in private practice.  He began his role at Longwood in 2012.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and J.D. from Georgetown University. 

Tim J. Pierson

Vice President for Student Affairs

Tim Pierson is the University’s Vice President for Student Affairs and oversees areas including student housing, campus dining, recreation, student conduct and integrity, the counseling center, fraternity and sorority life, and campus police.

He has worked at Longwood since 1992 and served as Vice President for Student Affairs since 2000.  He previously served in student affairs positions at Willamette University and Michigan State University. He is actively involved with the American College Personnel Association and the group NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. In 2005 he received ACPA’s Excellence in Practice Award.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Michigan State University.

Justin Pope

Vice President and Chief of Staff

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Justin Pope is chief of staff and advisor to President Reveley, where he leads strategic initiatives and communications, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations.

Prior to coming to Longwood in 2013, Pope was one of the nation’s leading education journalists. From 2004-2013 he was national higher education reporter for The Associated Press, where his work won awards from groups including the Education Writers Association, the AP Managing Editors Association, the Headliners Club and the United Nations. During the 2010-2011 academic year, he was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.

A Richmond native, Pope graduated from Princeton University and received an M.Phil in Economic and Social History from Oxford.

Louise Waller

Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance

Louise Waller

Louise Waller is the University’s Interim Vice President for Administration & Finance, serving as the institution’s chief financial and business officer and overseeing key operational departments such as Human Resources, Facilities, and Material Management.

Since joining Longwood in 2005, she served as Space Planning and Real Property manager, Executive Director of the Longwood Real Estate Foundation, and most recently the Associate Vice President of Campus Planning, Construction, and Real Estate Foundation. 

She holds a BS from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Longwood, and is currently pursuing her EdD from VCU in Higher Education Leadership.