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William & Mary names mascot after outgoing president

William & Mary has has named its griffin mascot after outgoing president, Taylor Reveley. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
William & Mary has has named its griffin mascot after outgoing president, Taylor Reveley. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)

After years of just being known only as The Griffin, William & Mary is giving its mascot a name: Reveley.

The mascot’s new name honors outgoing university President W. Taylor Reveley, who is retiring July 1.

“To have a griffin named Reveley is a rare and wonderful privilege,” said Reveley, the university’s 27th president. “Truly, the griffin is the perfect mascot for William & Mary, a college created by a royal charter in London (thus the body of a lion) and later so instrumental in the American Revolution (thus the head of an eagle).”

The announcement came near the end of a gala celebration for Reveley and his wife, Helen.

W&M Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge read from a proclamation that resolved: “The entire Tribe Family — its student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and fans — join in commending W. Taylor Reveley III on the occasion of his retirement. Therefore, in honor and recognition of his outstanding leadership and his contributions to William & Mary Athletics and the university writ large, the mascot eponymously known as ‘The Griffin’ is forevermore named ‘Reveley!'”

During Reveley’s time as president, W&M teams have earned 52 conference championships and made 37 NCAA post-season appearances. W&M Athletics also has had the nation’s best graduation rate among NCAA Division I public universities in every year of Reveley’s tenure, reaching a high of 88 percent in 2016-17.

Tribe Athletics has named its griffin mascot after outgoing president, Taylor Reveley. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
Tribe Athletics has named its griffin mascot after outgoing president, Taylor Reveley. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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