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UMW names Rick Hurley acting president for the second time

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Date published: 3/18/2010


Rick Hurley, who will become the University of Mary Washington's acting president for the second time on April 1, says he's open to filling the post on a more-permanent basis.

"If the board of visitors concludes that I'm the right person for that position going forward, I would be interested in serving, yes," said Hurley, 62, who is currently the school's executive vice president.

The executive committee of UMW's board of visitors yesterday unanimously voted to name Hurley acting president April 1 through June 30.

Asked if UMW will have a permanent president July 1, Rector Nanalou Sauder said: "I intend that to be so."

She wouldn't say whether the university will hire a search firm but noted, "I have not been able to discover any sentiment in any of the Mary Washington constituencies to have another national search."

The university, she said, needs a president familiar with higher education in Virginia, which means the board of visitors may fill the post internally. The board next meets April 8-9.

UMW President Judy Hample, who became UMW's first woman president July 1, 2008, will be on a sabbatical April 1 through her effective resignation June 30.

However, she will continue to receive her $330,000 salary through June 30 and can live at Brompton, the president's official residence. She'll also receive a lump payment of $217,000 by July 15, according to an amended employment agreement.

Hample wouldn't discuss the terms of her departure but said yesterday that Hurley is "by far the most logical choice" for acting president.

"He'll do an outstanding job," she said. "That's who I would have picked."

Hurley was first named acting president in April 2007. He took over for William Frawley, who was fired after less than a year on the job after being charged with driving under the influence twice in two days.

Hurley said his experience as a chief financial officer will help during today's tough financial times.

"If anybody understands the finances and the inner workings of the institution, it's me," he said. "I think that puts me in a better position than someone who doesn't have my background and experience, at this point in time."

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