Robert J. Reveley ’65 Delivers Annual Convocation Address to Muskingum Community
Robert Jennings Reveley delivered the Annual Convocation address to the Muskingum College community.
Mr. Reveley has created a distinguished and wide-ranging legacy, through his lifelong commitment to the pursuit of excellence and his devoted service to humankind.
A New Jersey native, Mr. Reveley graduated from Muskingum with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He joined the Peace Corps, becoming a member of their first class to serve in impoverished urban environments. Assigned to Kingston, Jamaica, he taught physical education, coaching techniques, and literacy at a YMCA-sponsored Boys Town.
Mr. Reveley earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in 1969. He began his business career with RCA, later joining Touche Ross & Co. as a management consultant. In 1977, he founded an independent realty firm and began developing New York City brownstone condominiums.
In 1986, he developed the $250-million John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the City University of New York (CUNY). Through this project, he pioneered innovative methods of capital structuring within the commercial real estate industry – enabling a multitude of organizations to advance their missions with new facilities that would not otherwise have been possible, and adding significant value to local, regional and national economies.
As a patron of the arts, Mr. Reveley’s keen insight led him to select then-unknown Rafael Vinoly as the architect for John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The project launched Vinoly’s United States career, leading to international recognition and commissions for performing arts centers, museums, major university academic buildings, and convention centers, including the Tokyo International Forum, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the world’s largest green building, Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Mr. Reveley and his wife, Julie, produced an off-Broadway play, Lily Dale, by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning playwright Horton Foote. It opened to critical acclaim and was named one of 1986’s top ten shows by New York Times Theatre Critic Clive Barnes.
Robert Jennings Reveley is truly a citizen of the world, serving others through his time, talents and generous philanthropy, and furthering the work of dozens of civic, cultural, and education organization.
Mr. Reveley and his family currently reside in Palm Beach, Florida, where he manages Norsca Realty and serves as Chairman of the Board for The American Cancer Society of Palm Beach.