William R. Harvey
Dr. William R. Harvey is an American educator, academic administrator, and businessman. Since 1978, he has served with distinction as President of Hampton University and created a monumental legacy during his forty-two-year tenure—one of the longest tenures of any sitting president of a college or university in the country. Since being named President, Dr. William R. Harvey has introduced innovations which have solidified Hampton University’s stellar position among the nation’s colleges and universities. His commitment to expansion in academics has resulted in 92 new academic programs being implemented under his watch.
Dr. Harvey has long been active on the national scene as a result of his federal appointments on national boards by six Presidents of the United States. He has served on the President of the United States’ National Advisory Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education where he served as Chair, the Commission on Presidential Scholars, the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges, and the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Development Advisory Board.
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