UMW President Richard V. Hurley Receives National Recognition Award

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The College Orchestra Directors Association has recognized University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley for his support of the university’s collegiate orchestra program. UMW Philharmonic Director Kevin P. Bartram presented Hurley with the national award during the orchestra’s “March Musical Mix” concert on Saturday, March 17. The College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) is the largest professional organization of collegiate orchestra conductors across the country. The award honors individuals within member colleges and universities who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the work of college and university orchestras. National CODA President Anthony Holland said that Hurley “surpasses expectations as a supporter of the Arts and of his community. It is apparent that President Hurley has demonstrated extraordinary faith in the ability of the UMW Philharmonic to promote the institution as a community partner. He sets an example for all of … [Read more...]

UMW Inaugurates Richard V. Hurley as Ninth President

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The University of Mary Washington celebrated the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley as its ninth president on Friday, September 30, at George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. The program included remarks from Virginia Secretary of Education Laura W. Fornash, President of the American Community Schools of Athens Stefanos Gialamas and President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Belle S. Wheelan. During the installation ceremony, Hurley expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the university community’s support and encouragement, made all the more poignant by his unique path to the presidency. His career in higher education, Hurley remarked, has not been a typical one, evident by his stint in a New Jersey power plant, his service in the Vietnam War and his decision as a 25-year-old gas station attendant to find a way to go to college. “In light of that circuitous and sometimes misguided, or at least unguided, journey, to say that … [Read more...]

UMW to Mark Inauguration of Richard V. Hurley

The University of Mary Washington will celebrate the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley on Friday, September 30 with a week of festivities; including speakers, a formal installation ceremony and community service activities.

Fredericksburg, Va. – The University of Mary Washington will celebrate the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley on Friday, September 30 with a week of festivities; including speakers, a formal installation ceremony and community service activities. Hurley assumed the presidency of the University of Mary Washington on July 1, 2010, with the primary goal of making UMW the best public liberal arts university in the nation. His inauguration as the university’s ninth president will formalize his leadership, acknowledging and honoring his 11 years of dedication to Mary Washington and more than three decades in higher education. The theme of Hurley’s inauguration, “Engaging Minds. Serving the World,” reinforces his strong belief in the importance of a stimulating educational environment and the value of a liberal arts education coupled with his support for the Mary Washington community’s dedication to public service. The events of the week are as follows: • Monday, September 26 – … [Read more...]