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 Longwood’s distinctive new core curriculum – Civitae – focused on citizen leadership.
  • Fostering the University’s partnership begun in 2015 with the Moton Museum, the national historic landmark that neighbors Longwood’s campus and honors Barbara Johns and the student Civil Rights movement in Prince Edward County.
  • Maintaining college affordability, through the lowest average annual tuition increases of any Virginia public university.
  • Leading innovation in campus planning and architecture focused on new urbanism and building joint momentum with Farmville, the nation’s first two-college town.
  • Enhancing the University’s culture of philanthropy, especially regarding scholarship giving and student support. Longwood has secured more than $100 million in gifts and grants since Reveley’s tenure began.
  • Strengthening Longwood’s civic role, as Virginia’s third-oldest public university, and one of the hundred-oldest colleges and universities in America. In 2016 Longwood hosted the U.S. Vice-Presidential Debate.

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 serves on the NCAA’s Division-I Board of Directors and as President of the Big South Conference. 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, focusing on finance, healthcare, and hospital governance. He also represented charitable foundations in the work to begin a new public baccalaureate initiative in Southside Virginia, an effort that resulted in the founding of the New College Institute in Martinsville.

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

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, May and Quint.