As you know by now, Hampton University is where The Left Side Poets got our start. Today I read an article about our current (and possibly immortal) president Dr. Harvey. It is a great article and reminds us that he is more than just a president. He is a family man, business man and overall hard not to respect.
If it is true that Hampton University is a family, as many of its employees claim, then President William Harvey is the family patriarch.
Entering his 34th year as president at age 70, he is the longest serving college president in Virginia. He is almost the longest serving college president in the United States with one exception – Xavier University President Norman Francis in Louisiana.
Harvey’s commitment lies in his deep love for his job.
“It is fun to come to work every day,” he said.
The fun for Harvey began at age 36 when he became president of what was then called Hampton Institute – a small, private, historically black college with roots tracing to Booker T. Washington and Benjamin Butler.
He came with a doctorate in college administration from Harvard University and with his wife, Norma, and their two young children.
When he arrived, the school was near a financial crisis.
“There was red all over the books,” he said.
By the end of his first year, Harvey balanced the budget and has maintained it ever since.
The Alabama native started with a simple notion taught to him by his mother, a kindergarten teacher – “If you have a dollar to spend at the grocery store, you cannot buy $1.25 worth of groceries.”
Take a look at the rest of the article posted in Inside Business: The Hampton Roads Business Journal: President, patriarch, mentor and chief fundraiser