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.
During his tenure at Longwood, President Reveley’s leading priorities have included affordability, improving university operations through use of data and technology, and championing the liberal arts and sciences as key to fulfilling Longwood’s mission to prepare "citizen leaders" for professional and civic life. The Commission on Presidential Debates has selected Longwood to host the October 2016 U.S. Vice-Presidential Debate, which is expected to draw a TV audience of 50 million.
President Reveley’s other initiatives have included a campus master plan to strengthen Longwood’s historic residential campus and contribute to the emergence of Farmville as one of America’s great college towns. Farmville is in fact America’s first two-college town (both Longwood and nearby Hampden-Sydney College are among the nation’s hundred-oldest institutions of higher learning) and has been the site of critical events in American history, with the final hours of the Civil War playing out at one end of Longwood’s campus in 1865, and the modern civil rights movement commencing at the other with the 1951 student-led strike at Moton High School, now a museum and national historic landmark that in 2014 became affiliated with the university.
Since Reveley began at Longwood, applications to the university have risen by more than 30 percent, and enrollment has increased by more than 5 percent, with enrollment of African-American students almost doubling. The university has also increased the number of fulltime faculty by more than 8 percent, while simultaneously increasing compensation, and holding tuition increases to historic lows – less than 3 percent each year, the lowest for any in Virginia in decades. Meanwhile, Longwood maintains the highest percentage of courses taught by fulltime faculty of any public university in Virginia. Alumni participation and donations through annual giving have also risen substantially.
Longwood is among the 50 oldest NCAA Division I schools in the country and is a member of the Big South Conference. It is likewise one of only several dozen universities in the country with a nationally accredited museum of fine art, the LCVA.
Reveley’s scholarly expertise is the modern U.S. presidency in particular, the major focus of U.Va.’s Miller Center, which he helped lead under former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles. Reveley holds an undergraduate degree in classics from Princeton University, where he was a member of the football team. He also holds a master’s degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. In 2012, he served as one of the executive producers of the critically acclaimed independent feature film Doomsdays.
In addition to numerous relatives who have attended Longwood or served on the faculty, Reveley’s grandfather was the president of Hampden-Sydney College, and his father is currently the president of the College of William & Mary. When he began at Longwood, Reveley was at the time the youngest president of any NCAA Division I school.
His wife Marlo holds an MBA from U.Va.’s Darden School of Business and is the president of ZTD, a start-up technology firm in the venture capital phase. He and Marlo are the parents of young twins, May and Quint.
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Roanoke Times (9/26/15)
- Longwood will host vice presidential debate in 2016
Farmville Herald (9/24/15)
- UR associate provost named Longwood provost
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- Longwood U. in Va. expresses regret for actions in civil rights era, apologizes
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- Longwood approves 2.1% tuition increase: LU calls the increase the smallest among four-year state schools since 2001
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- Longwood’s bellwether: Reveley inauguration
Farmville Herald (11/19/13)
- For Longwood president, higher ed runs in family
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- General Assembly Update
Campus Message (4/22/16)
- America’s First Two-College Town
Farmville Herald Op-Ed (3/17/16)
- Longwood’s New Campus Master Plan
Campus Message (12/4/15)
- The Vision of the Board Brings the Eyes of the World
AGB Magazine (Winter 2015)
- 2016 Vice Presidential Debate Announcement
Campus Message (9/23/15)
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- BOV Resolution: Longwood Expresses Regret over Institution’s Actions during Civil Rights Era
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- Inaugural Address (pdf)
Presidential Inauguration (11/15/13)