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Hurley named Mary Washington president

Trustees of the University of Mary Washington on Friday announced that acting President Richard V. Hurley has been selected for the permanent post.

Hurley has served twice as acting president at Mary Washington during a 10-year tenure, and had served as executive vice president since July 2008.

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"The selection of Rick Hurley to lead the university for the next three years was the most natural choice for the board," said Nanalou Sauder, rector of the Board of Visitors. He said the "outpouring of support for his candidacy from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community was remarkable."

Hurley has acted as the institution's chief financial officer, directed facilities and capital projects, public safety, human resources and business operations.

The Fredericksburg campus "has seen a substantial expansion of facilities that support significant improvements to student life" under his watch, the school said in a release.
The school's financial reserves have grown from $900,000 in 2000 to "several million dollars" today, the school said.

Hurley previously served as an administrator at Longwood University, had worked at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and had served at several other colleges.

He replaces Judy Hample, who announced her resignation unexpectedly in February. In a release, the university said its president was leaving to pursue unidentified "other interests" in higher education. She had served since 2008.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  April 9, 2010; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  Administration  | Tags: Mary Washington president, Richard Hurley, Rick Hurley, UMW president, University of Mary Washington  
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