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BRISTOL, 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
http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith
and Culture at email@example.com, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.
King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in
1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional
degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health
sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business
administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning
opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA
Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information
about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
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