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Convocation Speaker

Convocation Ceremony

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Willett Hall, Lancer Gym @ 4 P.M.

Keynote Speaker: President W. Taylor Reveley IV

W. Taylor Reveley IV is the 26th president of Longwood University.  His term began June 1, 2013.

Reveley previously served as the managing director of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, a nonpartisan institute focused on the U.S. presidency, policy and political history. Through strategic focus during his tenure, the Miller Center became a key element of U.Va.’s academic work and public engagement and an increasingly prominent institution nationwide.  Prior to his position as managing director of the Miller Center, Reveley served as the coordinating attorney of its National War Powers Commission, co-chaired by U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher.  

As a business attorney at Hunton & Williams before joining the faculty of U.Va. with the Miller Center, Reveley engaged in mergers, acquisitions and financings totaling $1.6 billion for both public and private entities. Additionally, he represented the Harvest Foundation in its work to begin a new baccalaureate public initiative in Southside Virginia, by means of a $50 million challenge grant to the Commonwealth of Virginia, an effort that resulted in the founding of the New College Institute in Martinsville.

Reveley graduated with honors from Princeton University, where he majored in classics and was also a student athlete as a member of the football team. He received a master’s degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary and J.D. from the University of Virginia.