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UMW hires woman as new president
Judy G. Hample, 60, the current chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, announced as new university leader.

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  • Date published: 3/10/2008

    The University of Mary Washington will soon have a new leader.

    The school announced today that it has hired Judy G. Hample, 60, the current chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania, to serve as its eighth president.

    The news came after a brief meeting of the school's Board of Visitors this afternoon. A formal announcement and introduction were planned for 4 p.m. at the school's Dodd Auditorium.

    A reception was to follow in Great Hall.

    Unlike UMW's last presidential search, this one was conducted in secret by the Board of Visitors and a 15-member presidential search committee. All but six members of that committee also serve on the board.

    Vice President Rick Hurley has served as acting president since last spring, when William Frawley was fired after two DUI arrests.

    CONTINUING COVERAGE: Check fredericksburg.com this evening for futher updates and related multimedia.

    Below is the official PRESS RELEASE from UMW


    The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors today announced the selection of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Judy G. Hample to serve as the eighth president of the institution, effective July 1, 2008.

    Dr. Hample has been chancellor of Pennsylvania's 14-campus, 110,000-student public university system since August 2001. Previously, she was chancellor of the State University System of Florida and also spent nearly two decades on college campuses, serving in a variety of faculty and academic administrative positions.

    "After spending the last 10 years in system administration, I am truly excited to be given this opportunity to return to my roots in higher education, to a campus environment where I will be able to work closely again with members of a university community," Dr. Hample said. "I was drawn to the University of Mary Washington for several reasons, including its impressive history, its public mission and its vision for the 21st century."

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