W. Taylor Reveley IV is the 26th president of Longwood University. His term began June 1, 2013.
Founded in 1839 and located in Farmville, Va., Longwood University is among the hundred oldest colleges and universities in America, and is Virginia’s third-oldest public university, after the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia. It is a liberal arts university dedicated to the development of citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society, and today has more than 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Longwood is organized into five colleges: the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and Human Services, the Cormier Honors College, and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Longwood’s athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I level, and the university is a member of the Big South Conference.
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 Reveley’s tenure, the Miller Center became a key element of U.Va.’s academic work and public engagement and an increasingly prominent institution nationwide. The Miller Center’s faculty teaches almost 1,000 U.Va. students annually and includes a Pulitzer Prize winner and two winners of the Bancroft Prize, the most distinguished award in the field of U.S. history. Supported by an endowment of $65 million, the Miller Center has conducted the official oral history of each U.S. presidential administration over the past four decades and also engaged in significant broadcast partnerships with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and ABC News. Gerald L. Baliles, former governor of Virginia, is the director and CEO of the Miller Center, which recently completed a $45 million comprehensive capital campaign.
Prior to his tenure as managing director of the Miller Center, Reveley served as the coordinating attorney for its National War Powers Commission, co-chaired by U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher. Reveley has likewise served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Princeton University Alumni Council.
Reveley’s father, W. Taylor Reveley III, is the president of the College of William & Mary. His grandfather, W. Taylor Reveley II, served as the president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1963 to 1977. Reveley’s family connections to Longwood also are extensive. His grandmother, Marie Eason Reveley-Harris ’40, her sisters, Caroline Eason Roberts ’42 and Julia Eason Mercer ’44, and her mother Carrie Rennie Eason ’10, were graduates of Longwood, and his great-grandfather Dr. Thomas D. Eason taught biology at the university.
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. His wife, Marlo, is a vice president with Allianz Global Assistance, and they have two children.