By Taelor Bentley
William R. Harvey, EdD, president of Hampton University and Chairman of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, sat down and spoke with C-SPAN about the impact of HBCUs in our country and also about Hampton and what it has to offer. Harvey described Hampton as a wonderful institution that provides the very best education possible with the best and the brightest students.
"Hampton has always had the movers and shakers in this country associated with us," Harvey told interviewer Pedro Echevarria of Washington Journal. Financier and philanthropist John Rockefeller, inventor and philanthropist George Eastman, and engineer and politician Coleman DuPont were a few of the big names who have served on the board of trustees. Harvey took pride in saying that Hampton University is among the greatest and proves it as well by emphasizing character development, honesty and respect among all students.
Although this university only has 4,400 students, when asked if he was concerned about its size and longevity, Harvey made it clear that Hampton has chosen to have a small student body and could have many more students based upon the 19,000 applications it received for 1,000 openings the previous year.
When being interviewed for the position of the university president, Harvey said he told the board he planned to run Hampton University as a business for educational objectives. Since becoming president, Harvey has propelled the school from $29 million in endowment to $288 million. There is also a new $225-million proton therapy cancer treatment center that has treated over 1,000 patients.
"Our legacy is one of high quality," stated Harvey. He believes the character of Hamptonians is extremely important, having talked about it multiple times during the 38-minute interview.
The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.