After 42 years at the helm of Hampton University in Virginia, its president, William Harvey, is being called on by students, alumni and others to step down.
“It is time for a change at Hampton University. Current President William R. Harvey has repeatedly failed those who he pledged to serve as the president of our illustrious Hampton University. Due to the reasons detailed below, we the current students, alumni, parents, and supporters of HU, believe that it is time for Dr. Harvey to retire or resign,” according to a new petition on change.org.
“Harvey as president, is recognized as the longest-serving tenured HBCU President in history,” the petition says, HBCU Buzz reported. “Unfortunately, this is reflected in the several outdated practices and ‘standards’ that affect students. Such as Hampton’s Business Pro Attire which discourages women from wearing pants and flats. Also, the School of Business’ Leadership Application Program which prohibits students from having loc’ed hairstyles. Forcing students to either cut their hair or drop out of the MBA program altogether. As our world and community change rapidly, we need a president that is ready and willing to change with it.”
HBCU Buzz documented a long list of disputes between Harvey and Hampton students, the most recent of which include his facilitation to the campus of restaurants that have donated to Trump’s reelection campaign and his perceived lackluster response to the coronavirus outbreak.