Rick Hurley Named UMW Acting President, Effective April 1

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors Executive Committee today appointed Richard V. Hurley as acting president effective April 1 through June 30, 2010. Hurley, who currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer, will succeed Judy G. Hample who will step down as president to begin an academic sabbatical that continues through June 30. The Board of Visitors will continue to work on the process for choosing a new president. “I am looking forward to working with President Hurley as we continue to move forward on the important work of this university,” said Board Rector Nanalou Sauder.

Hurley has spent more than three decades in higher education, including 10 years at Mary Washington. From May 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008, Hurley balanced multiple duties of acting president and vice president before the arrival of Dr. Hample. He recently agreed to postpone his May 2010 retirement to continue service to the university during its transition.

During his tenure at Mary Washington, Hurley has made a significant impact on the university. In addition to acting as the institution’s chief financial officer, he directs facilities and capital projects, public safety, human resources, and business operations. He also serves as treasurer of the University of Mary Washington Foundation where he has been instrumental in developing the university’s first public/private partnership, Eagle Village.

Hurley came to Mary Washington in 2000 from Longwood University where he had served as vice president for administration and finance from 1985 until his departure. Prior to his service at Longwood, he spent four years at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and earlier had stints at several colleges and universities.

Active in the Fredericksburg community, Hurley established the Town and Gown Committee and through his efforts the university’s relationships with the community have been strengthened significantly. He serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Rappahannock United Way, a director of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, and a member of the local BB&T advisory board.

News release prepared by: George Farrar

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