Hampton University President Dr. Harvey to retire in 2022 after 43 years of leadership

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Dec 14, 2020

HAMPTON, Va. - Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has officially announced his plan for retirement.

After arriving at his "Home by the Sea" in 1978 and serving for 43 years, Harvey will now retire on June 30, 2022.

“As a Hampton University Alumnus and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, the growth and development that I have witnessed under Dr. Harvey’s successful leadership have been, in a word, triumphant,” said Trustee Wesley Coleman. “The significance of this president’s legendary contributions to Hampton will be celebrated for generations. Indeed, the school is so much better off for his having served as our 12th President. Therefore, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and all of us who love Hampton, we will always be grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Harvey for the immeasurably great job that they have done for the past 43 years and will continue to do for the remainder of his tenure.”

Over his tenure, Hampton University says his accomplishments include: The initiation of 92 new academic degrees, 29 new buildings; increased SAT score; launching four satellites which are currently flying in space; building a weather antenna that can detect hurricanes and storms up to 2,000 miles away; establishing the largest free-standing proton beam cancer center in the world, and increasing the endowment from $29 million to over $300 million.

Harvey says he plans to continue to be of service to the higher education and business communities, as well as six book projects now underway.

To read his full retirement announcement, click here.