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Hample leaving UMW post early
UMW President Judy Hample stepping down April 1

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Date published: 3/8/2010

BY JEFF BRANSCOME

Judy Hample is stepping down as the University of Mary Washington's president April 1, three months before her scheduled resignation.

After meeting behind closed doors for several hours yesterday, the UMW board of visitors' executive committee said Hample will be on an "academic sabbatical" from April 1 until June 30.

In a statement yesterday, Hample said, "I offered to step down early so that the acting president can begin his or her term earlier, and so that the university can continue to move forward without the distractions inherent in a prolonged period of transition."

The executive committee authorized Rector Nanalou Sauder to "negotiate and execute an amended employment agreement with the president consistent with discussions in closed session." Sauder would not release a copy of the amended agreement.

She did say Hample's pay would not change after she begins her sabbatical and that she could remain at Brompton, the president's official residence. Hample makes $330,000 annually.

Her original five-year contract entitled her to a yearlong sabbatical leave--at full salary--after seven years of employment with the university.

During her three-month sabbatical, Hample will consult with the board of visitors and acting president on the strategic plan, according to a news release distributed after yesterday's meeting.

In February, Hample said she was resigning June 30, after just two years as the university's first female leader. She has said she is leaving for personal reasons.

It was unclear yesterday whether Hample will attend May's graduation ceremony. Board of visitors member Martha Leighty said it would be "hard to anticipate that, but I don't think we can say no categorically."

Sauder wouldn't say when the board plans to name an acting president. The executive committee meets again March 17.

The university hasn't developed a timeline for a presidential search, its third since William Anderson retired in 2006 after 23 years as president.

William Frawley succeeded Anderson, only to be fired in April 2007 after being charged with driving under the influence twice in two days.

Executive Vice President Rick Hurley was acting president until Hample's arrival in July 2008.

Hurley, who delayed his planned May 1 retirement indefinitely after Hample announced her resignation, attended part of yesterday's closed session. Sauder said the board had some questions for him, but she wouldn't elaborate.

Hurley said yesterday that he's flattered that some in the university community want him to become acting president again.

"But personally, I'm just happy and willing to do anything that helps the university be successful," he said.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com