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Judy Hample, president of UMW, announces resignation.
By JEFF BRANSCOME
Her departure after just two years at the helm of the Fredericksburg institution was announced tonight following a lengthy closed session of the UMW board of visitors.
Hample declined to be interviewed after leaving the meeting, but the university issued a statement saying she plans to pursue other interests in higher education.
“I have especially enjoyed my opportunity to work with the talented faculty, gifted students and dedicated alumni of Mary Washington,” Hample said in the release.
Nanalou Sauder, rector of the board of visitors, thanked Hample for her service.
“She began the important process of charting the university’s future course, and she will be remembered for leading the institution through a time of transition,” Sauder said in a prepared statement.
Hample was appointed the eighth president of the University of Mary Washington on July 1, 2008.
Hample was UMW’s first female president when she succeeded the ousted president William Frawley, who was fired by the university after two DUI arrests.
Vice President Rick Hurley has served as acting president between Frawley’s departure in 2007 and Hample’s arrival in 2008.
Prior to coming to UMW, Hample was chancellor of Pennsylvania’s 14-campus public university system. Previously, she was chancellor and executive vice chancellor of the state university system of Florida.
The board of visitors must now select interim leadership and set a timeline for recruiting a new president.