President, Hampton University
William R. Harvey has served as president of Hampton University since 1978. During his tenure, he has increased enrollment, raised the endowment, raised the average SAT scores for entering freshmen, and implemented innovative programs which have led to increased opportunities for Hampton graduates. Prior to joining Hampton, President Harvey worked in various roles at Harvard University, Fisk University, and Tuskegee University. He previously served on the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as the President’s National Advisory Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Commission on Presidential Scholars, and the U. S. Department of Commerce Minority Development Advisory Board. President Harvey is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. He graduated from Talladega College and earned his doctorate in college administration from Harvard University.