Hooray for Hurley

UMW Takes a Fond Look Back

This time, Richard V. Hurley really is retiring. On June 30, he’ll step down as the University of Mary Washington’s ninth president, leaving an academic community thankful for his six years of approachable, forward-looking leadership. In 2010, Rick Hurley was on the brink of retirement as UMW’s chief financial officer, having served as acting president after the departure of the university’s seventh president. Then UMW’s eighth president resigned unexpectedly, and the Board of Visitors asked Hurley to take the reins. He responded with enthusiasm and a solid commitment to the university and its people. That commitment translated to big things: The construction of the William M. Anderson Center. The state-of-the-art information and technology facility now called the Hurley Convergence Center. The sparkling University Center at the heart of campus. And the Mary Washington First campaign that’s closing in on a $50 million fundraising target. Hurley’s commitment showed in small … [Read more...]

UMW Is a Peace Corps Top Producer

For the 12th year, the Peace Corps has ranked the University of Mary Washington among the nation’s top-producing colleges for alumni now serving as Peace Corps volunteers. UMW ranks eighth on the Peace Corps’ list of small schools or institutions with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates. According to the Peace Corps, UMW has 11 alumni currently serving around the world. UMW has been included among the top 20 of the Peace Corps’ list of top-producing small schools since 2005. In all, more than 230 UMW alumni have served the 27-month commitment around the world since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961. The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. … [Read more...]