W. Taylor Reveley III became the 27th president of William & Mary in February 2008 after a decade as dean of the Law School.
William & Mary has thrived under Reveley's leadership. The entire campus saw expansions, renovations and new facilities, including the graduate schools; science facilities; the arts quarter; dormitories and fields. The undergraduate curriculum was revised for the first time in almost 20 years with the innovative COLL curriculum.
The university focused on diversity and inclusion efforts; sexual assault and violence response and prevention; and mental health and wellness. The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation was launched in 2009. In 2013, Confederate iconography was removed from display and in 2016, the first two buildings – Lemon and Hardy halls – were named in honor of African-Americans who had contributed to the university.
William & Mary adopted a new financial model, launched an efficiency initiative and announced an ambitious $1 billion campaign. Alumni engagement and philanthropic efforts reached new highs.
Even as he announced his retirement, Reveley looked ahead. "The 21st century is going to be the most productive and successful in William & Mary's long life," he predicted. "The College, the university, is going to do great good for generations of William & Mary people in the years ahead, for their communities, states and nations."