HAMPTON, Va. Dec. 14, 2021 — Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has been recognized as one of the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2022 Award recipients by the HBCU Campaign Fund.
“This honor is truly a surprise and is much appreciated. I want to thank President Demetrius Johnson and the entire HBCU Campaign Fund for this award. This is a wonderful reflection of the good people who serve as strong advocates for students, higher education, and champion for the betterment of HBCUs.”
The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders Award and Class is a national recognition that honors the outstanding work and leadership of chancellors and presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions. These individuals are selected for their leadership that plays a prominent and influential role in shaping politics, changing perspectives, and making decisions that affect millions of individuals’ lives in the higher education space.
“We are privileged to celebrate your retirement and honor your extraordinary leadership contribution as the President of Hampton University and your long record of accomplishments and experience in higher education,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund. “We celebrate you as one of the first HBCU Campaign Fund Trailblazers of Higher Education honorees among the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2022.”
The list is comprised of ten chancellors and presidents who currently serve at an HBCU or MSI. The recipients are dominant and influential leaders who move their institutions forward.
About Dr. William R. Harvey
Dr. William R. Harvey has served as President of Hampton University for 44 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 44 years of visionary leadership, 92 new programs have been introduced, 30 new structures dot the landscape of the campus surrounded on three sides by water and the university’s endowment has grown 1,279% from $29 million to $400 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 five grandchildren.