Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has announced his retirement after 43 years, effective June 30, 2022, according to university officials.
Harvey – a businessman as well – began as president in 1978. He runs Hampton like “a business for educational purposes,” according to a university press release.
“The formula for any success that I have had is based on five priorities: character traits of honesty, integrity, respect, trustworthiness and good personal behavior; high standards and values; a good work ethic; service to others; and appreciating and utilizing the team approach,” Harvey said.
He holds degrees from Talladega College, Virginia State University and Harvard University.
During his tenure, Harvey led the initiation of 92 new academic degrees – 12 new doctoral programs – the building of 29 buildings and the launch of four satellites. He also increased SAT scores by more than 300 points and the endowment from $29 million to $300 million.
He has also served on multiple non-profit and corporate boards, such as the National Geographic Society, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and First Union National Bank.