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Office of the President. W. Taylor Reveley, III records

 Collection — Box: 1-30
Identifier: UA 2.23

Scope and Contents

The Office of the President. W. Taylor Reveley III records includes correspondence, subject files, prepared remarks, and other papers from the administration of William & Mary's twenty-seventh president, W. Taylor Reveley, III.


  • Creation: 2008-2018


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This collection contains material which may be restricted related to personnel matters, student records, or other reasons. A Special Collections Research Center staff member must review the collection for restricted material before any researchers may use the collection. Consult a staff member for assistance. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which William & Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not William & Mary Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

W. Taylor Reveley, III (Walter Taylor Reveley, III) was the twenty-seventh president of William & Mary from 2008-2018. He served as the interim president of William & Mary after the resignation of President Gene R. Nichol on February 12, 2008, and was appointed President by the Board of Visitors on September 5, 2008. Reveley was the first interim president since Benjamin S. Ewell to be named President of William & Mary. From 1998 to 2008, Reveley served as dean of William & Mary's Marshall–Wythe School of Law and was the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence at the Law School.

Reveley received his A.B. in politics from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1965. Afterward, he attended law school at the University of Virginia, receiving his J.D. in 1968, and clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. in 1969. He has studied and written about the constitutional division of the war powers between the President and Congress of the United States. Reveley is the author of War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and Olive Branch? (University of Virginia Press, 1981).

Before joining William & Mary, Reveley practiced law for many years at Hunton & Williams, specializing in energy matters, specifically involving commercial nuclear power. He was the managing partner of the firm for nine years. Reveley has also spent a significant amount of time on non-profit organizations, serving on many education and cultural boards, including Princeton University, where he is a trustee emeritus, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, St. Christopher's School, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JSTOR, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Richmond Symphony, and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation.


30.00 Linear Feet (30 Paige boxes)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2010.425 was transferred to the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) by the donor through Facilities Management on August 4, 2010. Accession 2020.007 was transferred to the SCRC by the donor on January 17, 2020. For further information please consult SCRC staff.

Related Materials

Office of the President. Gene R. Nichol (UA 2.20).

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