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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
The Bottom Line.

Birthplace

Born:
1/29/1941
Birth Location:
Brewton, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
The Bottom Line.

Birthplace

Born:
1/29/1941
Birth Location:
Brewton
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Biography

Dr. William R. Harvey is President of Hampton University and 100% owner of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Michigan. A native of Brewton, Alabama, he is a graduate of Southern Normal High School and Talladega College. He earned his doctorate in College Administration from Harvard University in 1972. Before coming to Hampton thirty-two years ago, he held administrative posts at Harvard, Fisk, and Tuskegee universities.

Since Dr. Harvey became President in 1978, student enrollment has increased from approximately 2,700 to approximately 6,300. Seventy-six new academic programs have been introduced including PhD’s in physics, pharmacy, nursing, atmospheric and planetary science, and physical therapy. During that time, he has built 18 new buildings. Dr. Harvey initiated a university-owned commercial development consisting of a shopping center and 246 two-bedroom apartments. The Project creates jobs, provides services, has increased the number of African-American entrepreneurs, and expanded the tax base in the City of Hampton.

His achievements have been recognized through inclusion in Personalities of the South, Who’s Who in the South and Southeast, Who’s Who in Black America, Who’s Who in Education, International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, Two Thousand Notable Americans, Who’s Who in Business and Finance, and Who’s Who in America.

Dr. Harvey is married to the former Norma Baker of Martinsville, Virginia, and they have three children—Kelly Renee, William Christopher, and Leslie Denise—and three grandchildren—Taylor, Gabrielle, and Lauren.


William R. Harvey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 14, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Harvey lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Harvey describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Harvey talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Harvey describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Harvey remembers his father's civil rights activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Harvey talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Harvey describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Harvey describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Harvey talks about his uncle's barber shop in Brewton, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Harvey remembers his family's defiance of southern segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Harvey describes the Southern Normal School in Brewton, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Harvey talks about the history of the Southern Normal School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Harvey describes his experiences at the Southern Normal School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Harvey talks about the discipline at the Southern Normal School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Harvey recalls his start as a civil rights activist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Harvey remembers his father's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Harvey recalls his experiences at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Harvey remembers his civil rights activism at Talladega College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Harvey remembers his civil rights activism at Talladega College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Harvey recalls his decision to join the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Harvey describes his experiences in the U.S. Army, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Harvey describes his experiences in the U.S. Army, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Harvey remembers the influence of Edgar Toppin, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Harvey remembers the influence of Edgar Toppin, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Harvey describes his master's thesis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Harvey remembers the Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Harvey recalls his decision to work at historically black colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Harvey remembers restructuring the governance of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Harvey describes his philosophy of higher education administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Harvey talks about the importance of standards in higher education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Harvey describes the policy review process at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William Harvey describes the commitment to service at Hampton University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Harvey talks about his fundraising strategies as the president of Hampton University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Harvey describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Harvey recalls President Barack Obama's commencement address at Hampton University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Harvey reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. William Harvey reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Harvey talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Harvey describes how he would like to be remembered