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UMW hires its first female leader
UMW selects eighth president; first woman leader in UMW's 100-year history

 Dr. Judy G. Hample, new president of the University of Mary Washington, laughs at a comment by university Rector Bill Poole during his introductory speech in Dodd Auditorium at the university yesterday.
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  • N.Y. Times biography of Judy Hample
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  • Date published: 3/11/2008


    The University of Mary Washington named its first woman president yesterday, about 100 years after the institution was founded as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women.

    Judy G. Hample, 60, introduced herself to students and employees at Dodd Auditorium on the first day of a weeklong celebration of UMW's centennial. She'll become the school's eighth president July 1.

    "I am really attracted to this because it is the only public institution named in honor of a woman," she said in an interview. "To have an opportunity to be part of that heritage and that history is exhilarating."

    Hample, who signed a five-year contract, is the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in Harrisburg, which oversees 14 public universities. She's hired 11 university presidents in the last seven years.

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

    UMW Rector Bill Poole choked up as he introduced Hample. "It's a little emotional," he said. "Not because I'm concerned with her qualifications. It's been a long process." He would not release her salary because he said one more person needs to sign her contract.

    Hample, who said she was "enthusiastically received," called herself approachable, goal oriented and a consensus builder. She also said she has a "deep commitment" to fundraising and looks forward to meeting General Assembly members.

    "I love people," she said. "I'm really looking forward to being on a university campus again. I haven't been doing that on a day-to-day basis for 10 years."

    Before moving to Pennsylvania, she was a vice chancellor for Florida's board of regents. She's also been a professor and a dean. That experience made her "rise to the top of a distinguished applicant pool," Poole said.

    In a question-and-answer session with faculty and students at Dodd Auditorium, Hample said she's been proactive with issues related to diversity. PASSHE's minority enrollment has increased from 3.7 percent to 11.4 percent since she became chancellor in 2001.

    It's unlikely UMW will increase its minority enrollment without a more diverse faculty, she said.

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    NAME: Judy G. Hample

    AGE: 60 FAMILY: Divorced; no children EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and secondary education/French from David Lipscomb University in Nashville; Master of Arts and doctorate in communication from The Ohio State University. CAREER: Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She is only the second chancellor in PASSHE history since 2001. The chancellor is selected by a 20-member board of governors. The Harrisburg Patriot-Ledger last reported her salary at $327,718, in addition to a house to use and a leased vehicle.

    Former UMW President William Frawley's salary at the time of his firing was $305,000. He also had use of a university home and car.

    As chancellor, she serves as chief executive officer, overseeing an annual operating budget of $1.8 billion and more than 12,000 faculty and staff, according to a UMW press release. She directs policy initiatives to the board of governors, which is responsible for establishing educational, fiscal and personnel policy and overseeing the effective management of the system.

    The schools offer associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, in more than 120 areas of study.

    Hample announced in June that she intended to leave the position within a year.

    Formerly vice chancellor for planning, budgeting and policy analysis for the Florida board of regents; faculty of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; department division director and, later, assistant dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University; dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University in Kansas; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University; senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo in Ohio.

    "I think it's great that we finally have a female president."

    --Cassandra Ratti, sophomore

    "She seems genuine. She seems like she's done her homework. She seems truly glad to be here."

    --Warren Rochelle, associate English professor

    "Her positive attitude and enthusiasm, I thought, just exuded out of her."

    --Stephen Davies, associate professor of computer science

    "She seems very approachable and willing to listen."

    --Ashley Davis, sophomore

    "I will be interested to see how she applies her experience with large institutions with many thousands of people to a smaller institution."

    --Chris Russell, senior

    "I was happy to hear about her commitment to technology and the role it can and should play in education."

    --Patrick Gosetti-Murrayjohn, instructional technology specialist"