Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Virginia General Assembly honors W&M President Taylor Reveley

President Taylor Reveley (bottom, center) poses for a photo with W&M alumni in Richmond, Virginia. (Courtesy photo/W&M News)
President Taylor Reveley (bottom, center) poses for a photo with W&M alumni in Richmond, Virginia. (Courtesy photo/W&M News)

The Virginia Senate approved a resolution this week to honor Taylor Reveley, garnering the William & Mary president a standing ovation from the senators.

Senate Joint Resolution 175 commends Reveley, who will retire June 30, for his service to the university. It is expected to go to the House of Delegates next week for passage.

Under Reveley’s leadership, the university developed a new strategic plan, revamped its general education curriculum and built stronger ties with other institutions and community partners, according to the resolution.

“Taylor Reveley has helped the College of William & Mary embrace its rich history and long legacy of academic excellence, while taking bold steps to lead the institution into the future,” the resolution says.

Reveley served as dean of W&M Law School before being named interim president of W&M in February 2008. In September of that same year, he was appointed at the 27th president of the university.

Leading Virginia colleges is something of a family tradition for the Reveleys, the resolution notes. Reveley’s father was president of Hampden-Sydney College, and his son is currently the president of Longwood University.

Last month, Reveley also received praise from Capitol Hill when House Resolution 711 was introduced to both recognize W&M’s 325th anniversary and the leadership of its president. That resolution is being reviewed by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Last fall, Reveley announced his plans to retire. On Feb. 20, the university announced its new president: Katherine Rowe, currently the provost at Smith College.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
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