HAMPTON, Va. (May 10, 2018) – Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President, will deliver the keynote address at Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) 92nd commencement May 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn.
“It is truly an honor to deliver the keynote address at Christopher Newport University’s commencement,” said Dr. Harvey. “I hope my words can be an inspiration to the class of 2018."
Dr. Harvey will also receive a honorary doctorate from CNU.
“This is a special year in the life of Dr. Harvey and Hampton University. We are proud to honor President Harvey’s 40 years of remarkable leadership as Hampton University celebrates 150 years of excellence," said CNU President Paul Trible. "Dr. Harvey’s life of leadership, service and his extraordinary vision and commitment to our Commonwealth and nation truly embody what it means to live a life of significance. We know that Dr. Harvey will instruct and inspire our graduates and we will award him an honorary degree in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions that have made a powerful and positive difference in the world."
A live-stream of the ceremony will be available at cnu.edu/live.
About Dr. William R. Harvey
Dr. William R. Harvey has served as President of Hampton University for 40 years, making him one of the longest-serving presidents of a college or university in America. During his tenure, he has introduced innovations that have solidified Hampton's stellar position among the nation's colleges and universities. His extraordinary leadership is reflected in the growth and quality of the University's student population, academic programs, physical facilities and financial base. During Dr. Harvey’s 40 years of visionary leadership 92 new programs have been introduced, 28 new structures dot the landscape of the campus surrounded three sides by water and the university’s endowment has grown 866% from $29 million to $280 million and growing. Dr. Harvey has transformed Hampton University into a world-class leader in higher education. He has received appointments to national boards by six presidents of the United States and led important community and educational initiatives in Virginia.
Hampton University has built the first proton therapy cancer treatment center in the Commonwealth of Virginia -- an unparalleled hub for cancer treatment, research and technology. Hampton University is the first and only HBCU to have 100% control of a NASA mission and Hampton has four satellites / instruments currently in orbit.
An astute businessman, Dr. Harvey has applied his business acumen to the needs of Hampton University. In the process, he established student scholarships, created jobs, provided services, and increased the number of African-American entrepreneurs, while expanding the tax base in the City of Hampton.
In addition to the distinguished leadership Dr. Harvey has provided to Hampton University, he is the sole owner of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Michigan. Dr. Harvey and his wife Norma have three children and three grandchildren.