W. Taylor Reveley III

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W. Taylor Reveley III
William & Mary President Taylor Reveley.jpg
27th President of the College of William & Mary
In office
September 5, 2008 – June 30, 2018
Preceded byGene Nichol
Succeeded byKatherine Rowe
20th Dean of William & Mary Law School
In office
August 1998 – February 2008
Preceded byThomas G. Krattenmaker
Succeeded byDavison M. Douglas
Personal details
Walter Taylor Reveley III

(1943-01-06) January 6, 1943 (age 77)
Churchville, Virginia, U.S.
Spouse(s)Helen Martin Bond
ChildrenWalter Taylor IV, George Everett Bond, Nelson Martin Eason, Helen Lanier
Alma materPrinceton University (A.B.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)
ProfessionLawyer and Educator

Walter Taylor Reveley III (born January 6, 1943)[1] was the twenty-seventh president of the College of William & Mary.[2] Formerly Dean of its law school from August 1998 to February 2008, Reveley was appointed interim president of William & Mary on February 12, 2008 following Gene Nichol's resignation earlier that day[3], and was elected the university's 27th president by the Board of Visitors on September 5, 2008.[4]. While president, Reveley continued also as the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence at the law school.[2]

Reveley's areas of academic specialty include the constitutional division of authority between the President and Congress over the use of American armed force abroad, administrative and energy law, and the role of the citizen lawyer.[2] He is the author of the 1981 book War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and the Olive Branch?. He co-directed the National War Powers Commission in 2007-09.[5][6]

Reveley graduated with an A.B. in politics from Princeton University in 1965 after completing a senior thesis titled "Between North and South: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development."[7] He then received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1968. He has honorary doctorates from Hampden-Sydney College, King University and the College of William & Mary. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and ODK.[8]

Reveley was an assistant professor of law at the University of Alabama in 1968-69. He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan at the United States Supreme Court in 1969-70. In 1972-73, he studied the war powers as a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York City.[9]

Before joining William and Mary, Reveley practiced law for almost three decades at Hunton & Williams, specializing in energy and environmental matters, especially regarding commercial nuclear power. He was the managing partner of the firm for nine years during a time of significant growth in its national and international reach.[10]

Reveley has served on many cultural and educational boards, including those of Princeton University, Union Presbyterian Seminary, St. Christopher's School, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation, the Oak Spring Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, JSTOR, the Richmond Symphony, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.[11]

Three Successive generations of the Reveley family have been presidents of schools in Virginia. Reveley's father, W. Taylor Reveley II, was president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1963 to 1977. His son, W. Taylor Reveley IV, became president of Longwood University in March 2013.[12]

Reveley retired as William & Mary's president on June 30, 2018. He was succeeded by Katherine Rowe, the first woman to lead William & Mary since its founding in 1693.[13]


  1. ^ "College of William and Mary School of Law". Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c W. Taylor Reveley, III, Interim President and John Stewart Bryan Professorship of Jurisprudence, W&M School of Law. Accessed March 23, 2008.
  3. ^ W. Taylor Reveley | Interim President Accessed March 23, 2008
  4. ^ Whitson, Brian (April 27, 2012). "William & Mary - W&M Board of Visitors renews contract for President Taylor Reveley". Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Welch-Donahue, Jaime. "Reveley Named Co-Director of National War Powers Commission". William and Mary Law School. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Reveley's role pivotal in war powers' report". College of William & Mary. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Reveley, I. I. I. (1965). "Between North and South: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "Walter Taylor Reveley III Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who". Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "Walter Taylor Reveley III Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who". Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "Taylor Reveley III '68 Helped Transform William & Mary's Law School, Then the Entire College". University of Virginia Law School. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Walter Taylor Reveley III Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who". Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "On Father's Day, honoring a legacy and a unique presidential bondOn Father's Day, honoring a legacy and a unique presidential bond". College of William and Mary. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  13. ^ "William & Mary announces Katherine Rowe as 28th President". College of William & Mary. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2018.

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Preceded by
Thomas G. Krattenmaker
Dean of the College of William & Mary Law School
Succeeded by
Davison M. Douglas
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