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:
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 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, is president of The College of William & Mary.