Commencement Speaker

Dr. W. Taylor Reveley III
President, The College of William and Mary

Dr. Reveley was sworn in as the 27th president of the College of William & Mary on September 5, 2008. Before assuming his current post, he served as dean of William & Mary Law School for almost a decade, starting in August 1998. He is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence.

Reveley received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1965. At Princeton, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and rowed on the lightweight crew for two years. Reveley went to law school at the University of Virginia, receiving his J.D. in 1968. During the United States Supreme Court's 1969 term, he clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

Reveley has extensively studied and written about the constitutional division of the war powers between the President 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).

Before joining William & Mary, Reveley practiced law for many years 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 over the years has gone to non-profit organizations. He has served on many educational and cultural 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 and his wife Helen have four children: Taylor IV (President of Longwood University), Everett, Nelson and Helen Lanier, daughters-in-law, Margaret Louise (married to Taylor) and Jessica (married to Nelson), and three grandchildren.

Dr. Reveley is the son of W. Taylor Reveley II, who was president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1963-1977.

Baccalaureate Speaker

The Reverend Dr. William R. Klein
Pastor Emeritus, Second Presbyterian Church

Dr. Klein, served as Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church from 1968-1991. He was born in Atlanta, GA, and received his BA from Davidson College, a BD from Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA), and his DD from Hampden-Sydney College. Bill and his wife Dot (Dorothy MacLeod), reside in Roanoke, VA.  

Dr. Klein served several terms on the Board of Trustees for Union Theological Seminary, with a term as vice-chair. He is the author of two books: Clothing for the Soul and Prayers: Public and Private.

He and his wife have two married sons, both graduates of Hampden-Sydney and Union Theological Seminary: David Alan is Dean of Students at Hampden-Sydney College and William Murdoch (Bill) is Pastor of Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, VA. Dot and Bill Klein also have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.