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The College of William and Mary’s President Taylor Reveley to Open King Institute for Faith and Culture 2016-2017 Lecture Series Aug. 29

Taylor ReveleyBRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 22, 2016 – The College of William and Mary’s President W. Taylor Reveley III is the first speaker in the King University Institute for Faith and Culture (KIFC) 2016-17 Lecture Series. The opening convocation will take place Monday, Aug. 29 in King’s Memorial Chapel on the University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., at 9:15 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

Taylor Reveley III was sworn in as the 27th president of William & Mary in Sept. 2008, after serving as interim president since the previous February. Before assuming his current post, he served as dean of William & Mary Law School for almost a decade, beginning in Aug. 1998. He is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence.

“We are honored to have William and Mary President Taylor Reveley as the opening speaker for King University’s 2016-17 academic year,” said Richard A. Ray, Ph.D., former interim president at King University. “He brings with him a vast amount of experience and wisdom from which I am certain our King community will benefit.”

Reveley received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1965, where he studied in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He attended law school at the University of Virginia, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1968.

During the United States Supreme Court's 1969 term, Reveley clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Reveley has extensively studied and written about the constitutional division of the war powers between the President of the United States and Congress. In 1972-73, he spent 13 months studying the war powers while an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He is the author of “War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and Olive Branch?” (University of Virginia Press, 1981). In 2007-08, he co-directed the War Powers Commission, established by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and co-chaired by former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher.

Before joining William & Mary, Reveley practiced law for over a quarter century at Hunton & Williams, where he specialized in energy matters, especially those involving commercial nuclear power. He was the managing partner of the firm for nine years.

Much of Reveley's extracurricular time has gone to non-profit organizations. He has served on many educational, cultural, and religious boards, including those of 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. He has chaired the boards of the Mellon Foundation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Historical Society, and Richmond Symphony. He now chairs the boards of the Jefferson Science Associates and the Oak Spring Foundation.

Director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture Shannon Harris stated, “President Reveley is a courageous and strong leader of the College of William and Mary. The King Institute of Faith and Culture welcomes President Reveley; he will be an engaging and wise speaker who appreciates the tradition of the liberal arts still practiced at King and at the College of William and Mary.”

Taylor Reveley III will speak on “Ecclesiae et Litteris: That’s It!” at King University’s opening convocation at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29 at Memorial Chapel on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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