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Offered February 11, 2003
Commending Dr. William R. Harvey.

Patrons-- Sears, Athey, Bell, Black, Bloxom, Bolvin, Byron, Callahan, Carrico, Christian, Cline, Cole, Cox, Devolites, Dillard, Drake, Dudley, Gear, Griffith, Hamilton, Hogan, Hugo, Hurt, Ingram, Janis, Jones, S.C., Kilgore, Lingamfelter, Marrs, McDonnell, McDougle, McQuigg, Morgan, Nixon, Nutter, O'Bannon, Oder, Parrish, Purkey, Putney, Rapp, Reese, Reid, Rollison, Rust, Saxman, Sherwood, Suit, Tata, Wardrup, Weatherholtz, Welch and Wright; Senators: Blevins, Bolling, Byrne, Chichester, Colgan, Cuccinelli, Deeds, Edwards, Hanger, Hawkins, Houck, Howell, Lambert, Lucas, Marsh, Martin, Maxwell, Miller, K.G., Miller, Y.B., Mims, Newman, Norment, O'Brien, Potts, Puckett, Puller, Quayle, Rerras, Reynolds, Ruff, Saslaw, Stolle, Stosch, Ticer, Trumbo, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins, Whipple and Williams

WHEREAS, for 25 years, Dr. William R. Harvey has provided Hampton University with dedicated, visionary, and effective leadership; and

WHEREAS, the president of Hampton University since 1978, Dr. Harvey has introduced innovations that have solidified the university's sterling reputation among the nation's colleges and universities; and

WHEREAS, during Dr. Harvey's tenure as president, the student enrollment at Hampton University has increased from approximately 2,700 to more than 6,000, and the SAT scores of entering freshmen have increased by nearly 300 points; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Harvey has spearheaded the effort to increase Hampton University's academic programs, including new undergraduate programs in physical therapy, marine science, chemical and electrical engineering, airway science, and emergency medical assistance management; and

WHEREAS, Hampton University's graduate programs have also flourished under Dr. Harvey's leadership, with new master's degree programs in business administration, applied mathematics, and chemistry and new doctoral programs in physics, pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Harvey has also been instrumental in expanding Hampton University's traditional outreach programs to the underserved areas of the community, requiring all Hampton students to engage in a community service project prior to graduation; and

WHEREAS, during Dr. Harvey's presidency, Hampton University has erected 17 new buildings and has devoted nearly $50 million to the renovation of existing buildings; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Harvey's financial leadership has led to the university's innovative commercial project, the Hampton Harbor Project, which helps fund student scholarships, and to the university's current financial growth and stability; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Harvey has also been active on the national scene, sharing his knowledge and expertise with such organizations as the President's National Advisory Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service, and the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Harvey continues to serve Hampton University, the Hampton community, the Commonwealth, and the nation with great diligence and distinction; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend Dr. William R. Harvey on the occasion of his silver anniversary as president of Hampton University; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Dr. William R. Harvey as an expression of the admiration and gratitude of the General Assembly.

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