UMW President Hurley Honored by Virginia General Assembly

by | Jan 28, 2016 | Schools & Education

By Susan Larson. File photo of Richard Hurley copyright Fredericksburg.Today.

University of Mary Washington (UMW) President Richard V. Hurley was honored for his service to UMW with a Joint Resolution on the floor of the House of Delegates, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Hurley plans to retire on June 30, 2016.

Hurley was recognized for his contributions spanning more than three decades in the field of education.

A native of New Jersey, Hurley served as vice president of administration and finance at Longwood University for 15 years, then joined the University of Mary Washington. Hurley served as chief financial officer, executive vice president and acting president, before becoming president of the university in 2010.

“He earned the respect of his peers for his transparency, collaborative leadership style and responsiveness to the needs of students, faculty and staff,” the commendation read.

The resolution commended Hurley for raising $50 million through the Mary Washington First campaign, overseeing the construction of the William W. Anderson Center, the Hurley Convergence Center — renamed in his honor — and the University Center, as well as the opening of the university’s third campus in Dahlgren.

Hurley’s leadership was also credited with UMW’s completion of Eagle Village, the public/private development featuring student apartments, a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 1, retail and office space, a parking facility and a hotel.

The resolution also noted the formation of the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development.

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