W. Taylor Reveley IV began his term as Longwood University’s 26th president on June 1, 2013.
He is the grandson, great-grandson, and great-nephew of Longwood graduates, and the great-grandson of a Longwood biology professor. As president, his principal areas of focus have included championing the value of the liberal arts and sciences in public higher education; improving student retention and graduation rates, particularly through the use of "big data" to track student progress and offer targeted support; and elevating the national profile of Longwood -- Virginia’s third-oldest public university, and one of the hundred-oldest colleges and universities in the nation.
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.
President Reveley’s wife, Marlo, is a vice president with Allianz Global Assistance, and they have two children, Quint and May.