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Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey talks past, present and future

Dr. William R. Harvey has served as Hampton University's president for more than 40 years. During his time as president, the university has immensely grown.

HAMPTON, Va. — Dr. William R. Harvey has been the president of Hampton University since 1978.

Since assuming the role as president, student population, academic programs, physical facilities and the financial base has grown at Hampton.

There have been 92 new academic programs implemented under his watch, which include undergraduate programs in Computer Science, Marine Science, Entrepreneurship, Chemical, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Airway Science, and Emergency Medical Assistance Management; graduate programs in Business Administration (MBA), Applied Mathematics; and doctoral degrees in Physics, Pharmacy, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, Nursing and Physical Therapy.  

Nearly 30 new buildings have been erected during his tenure, and the university has spent some $50,000,000 on the renovation of existing facilities. Student enrollment has also increased from 2,700 students to over 6,300. 

When Dr. Harvey became president, the endowment, which stood at $29 million, now exceeds $280 million. The University's first capital fundraising campaign in 1979 had a goal of $30,000,000. That campaign raised $46.4 million. The most recent campaign had a goal of $200 million and raised $264 million.

13News Now sat down and talked with Dr. Harvey Wednesday about his past, present and future. We'll have that interview tonight on 13News Now at 11 p.m.