Khaki and Stacey LaRiviere found a unique way to thank William & Mary President Taylor Reveley for his support in their effort to create LEADCollegiate.
On Monday, March 31, LEADCollegiate presented Reveley with a resolution to rename the W&M chapter as the W. Taylor Reveley III chapter in gratitude for his support in the founding of the organization.
LEADCollegiate is designed to offer leadership training, facilitation, mentoring, and direct service opportunities for W&M students. The expressed purpose is to create a partnership between W&M students and the Williamsburg-James City County school system, with college students receiving training in leadership strategies and implementation.
It was formed at the College in 2012 when the LaRivieres met with President Reveley to discuss expanding their high school version of the program, L.E.A.D. Up!, to campus.
"Khaki and I brought Chesterfield County's Superintendent, Dr. [Marcus] Newsome, to advocate for the need for LEADCollegiate at the College of William and Mary based on the success of the program in Chesterfield County public schools,” said Stacey. “Using a top-down strategy, we knew that gaining Reveley's support was vital to the success of LEADCollegiate on campus and in the larger community.
“Reveley believed in our innovative approach to leadership development and supported us. From then on, Khaki and I were inspired by Reveley to adapt LEADCollegiate to facilitate the development of both William and Mary students as well as WJCC high school students."
LEADCollegiate has grown continually over the past two years and just began supporting its first high school program at Jamestown High School. Khaki LaRiviere credits Reveley with actively encouraging LEADCollegiate “and innovation in general.”
“President Reveley has actively cultivated and nurtured a culture of leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit on campus,” she said. “We would like to recognize his contributions. LEADCollegiate positively links the College, the offices of Economic Development and Student Leadership Development, WJCC students, as well as the business sector. This synergy is mutually beneficial for all partners involved."
Included with the resolution were a LEADCollegiate T-shirt and commemorative plaque. Reveley was grateful for the recognition as well as the gift, explaining that “I have an enormous William & Mary T-shirt collection, but I do not have an enormous plaque collection.”