W. Taylor Reveley, IV became the 26th president of Longwood University in 2013.

W. Taylor Reveley IV began his term as Longwood University’s 26th president in 2013, with deep ties to the University.  Over the past century, members of his family have been leaders on the faculty and board of visitors as well as devoted students and alumni.  As president, Reveley’s principal areas of focus have included:

  • Championing the value of the liberal arts and sciences, including a distinctive new Longwood core curriculum focused on citizen leadership.
  • Maintaining affordability through the lowest average annual tuition increases of any Virginia public university.
  • Improving student retention and graduation rates, particularly through the use of “big data” to track student progress and offer targeted support.
  • Elevating the national profile of Longwood -- Virginia’s third-oldest public university, and one of the hundred-oldest colleges and universities in the nation. In 2016 Longwood hosted the only Vice-Presidential debate of the general election campaign, an event that attracted thousands of journalists from around the world to campus and resulted in media exposure for the university valued at more than $80 million.
  • Leading implementation of a campus master plan focused on “new urbanism” and building joint momentum with Farmville, the nation’s first two-college town.

President W. Taylor Reveley, IV

A Richmond native, Reveley graduated with honors from Princeton University, where he majored in classics and was a member of the football team. He received a master’s degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, engaging in mergers, acquisitions and financings totaling $1.6 billion for both public and private entities. He also represented the Harvest Foundation in its work to start a new, public baccalaureate initiative in Southside Virginia, an effort that resulted in the founding of the New College Institute of Martinsville.

Immediately prior to his appointment as president of Longwood, Reveley served as managing director of University of Virginia’s Miller Center, a nonpartisan institute focused on the U.S. presidency, policy and political history. He had previously served as coordinating attorney for the Center’s National War Powers Commission, co-chaired at the time by former U.S. Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and James Baker.

President Reveley and his wife, Marlo, participate in The G.A.M.E. (Greatest Athletics March Ever)

President Reveley is a third-generation college president. His grandfather, W. Taylor Reveley II, was president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1963-1977. His father, W. Taylor Reveley III, was president of The College of William & Mary from 2008-2018.

President Reveley’s wife, Marlo is a technology entrepreneur. They have two children, Quint and May.