China book deal leads to student scholarships

Amber Smith | Staff Writer

President William R. Harvey | Stephanie Smith

President Dr. William R. Harvey launched his book, The Principles of Leadership, in China via video correspondence Thursday night. The book was highly anticipated by the people of China who expressed their excitement for the release. Every penny of the proceeds from the book will contribute to scholarships for students at Hampton University.

“My book is designed to assist current and aspiring leaders in their particular domain,” said Dr. Harvey.

Dr. Harvey expressed his gratitude and excitement for the book expansion to billions of viewers in China in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications’ television studio. A key component that Dr. Harvey wants readers in China to gain from the book is the importance of trust.

“Trust is the foundation for any personal or professional relationship. Whether it is in the United States, on Hampton University’s campus or in China, trust is key for any leader,” said Dr. Harvey.

President Dr. Harvey and his wife have donated over $3 million in scholarships to students and institutions on Hampton University’s campus over the years, and donating 100 percent of the proceeds from his book deal in China are sure to boost these contributions.

“We are going to continue to support our students here in all kinds of ways, just as we have always done,” said Dr. Harvey.

Although President Dr. Harvey was unable to be physically present for the launch, the enthusiasm from the people of China was immense.

“I am pleased to connect with people of China, a country that I loved when I visited, and to have people learn from the principles of my leadership model is a pleasure,” said Dr. Harvey.

The promoters for The Principles of Leadership suspect that the book will do amazing in China due to the great interest. This will ultimately benefit students here at Hampton University and contribute to their education.

“Leadership is not easy; it does not mean that you put your finger in the wind and follow that direction. You have to do what you think is right and best, and let the chips fall where they may,” said Dr. Harvey.

Dr. Harvey’s book was released in the U.S. in 2016. The book is focused on 10 principles that distinguish effective leaders in life and business. The principles are vision, work ethic, academic excellence, team building, innovation, courage, management, fairness, fiscal conservatism and results.

This is a great opportunity, as it is Hampton University’s 150th and Dr. Harvey’s 40th anniversary celebration. Principles of Leadership can be purchased in Hampton University’s newly renovated bookstore, or online at for $24.99.


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