Dr. William R. Harvey, retiring president of Hampton University

HAMPTON, Va. – As Hampton University gears up to celebrate retiring president Dr. William R. Harvey’s 44 years of legendary service to the University, Dr. Harvey was surprised when he received a Certificate of Recognition from Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia, declaring June 11, 2022 as Dr. William R. Harvey Day, in recognition of the significant achievements and contributions Dr. Harvey has made during his illustrious career as Hampton University President.

“Virginia has been my family’s home for 44 years, and it is a wonderful community,” said Dr. Harvey. “This honor is truly a surprise and is much appreciated. I want to thank Governor Glenn Youngskin for this recognition. This is a wonderful gesture from the leader of the Commonwealth.”

The certificate of recognition notes that Dr. Harvey “was appointed in July 1978 as the twelfth president of Hampton University, capturing this opportunity to grow and improve the university to make the most positive impact on students and their families. “This recognition also noted just a few of his many achievements, including “that in 1989, Dr. Harvey instituted project H.O.P.E. (Hampton’s Opportunity Program for Enhancement), which admits college-bound African-American males into Hampton, and in 1992, he initiated the Job Education Training (JET) Corps, a program modeled after the 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps; and, WHEREAS, as an author lecturer, and recipient of numerous awards, Dr. William Harvey’s leadership at Hampton has yielded numerous accomplishments ranging from ninety-two new academic degrees, including twelve new doctoral programs, to be launch of four satellites in space; and, WHEREAS, Dr. Harvey’s proudest accomplishment is his role as mentor to seventeen of his former vice-presidents, challenging and guiding them to assume roles as president and CEOs while modeling his five priorities for success – outstanding character traits, high standards, a good work ethic, service to others, and teamwork.”

The proclamation closes with the Commonwealth of Virginia commending Dr. Harvey for his “four decades of dedication and lifetime of contribution to strengthening the Spirit of Virginia. Now, therefore, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize June 11, 2022 as Dr. William R. Harvey day in the Commonwealth of Virginia and call this observance to the attention of our citizens.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Harvey was recognized as one of the inaugural Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr. Trailblazers of Higher Education recipients among The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2022 by the HBCU Campaign Fund.


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