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Hurley named interim president at UMW
Rick Hurley steps in once again during time of transition for the University of Mary Washington.

Date published: 3/17/2010

For Rick Hurley, this is becoming old hat.

The executive vice president at the University of Mary Washington today was named acting president by the school's Board of Visitors. He'll serve in that position from April 1 through June 30.

Rector Nanalou Sauder said the university intends to have a permanent president on July 1. UMW needs someone familiar with higher education in Virginia, she said. "I have not been able to discover any sentiment in any of the Mary Washington constituencies to have another national search," she said.

Outgoing President Judy Hample called Hurley "by far the most logical choice." "He'll do an outstanding job," she said. "That’s who I would have picked [as acting president]."

Hurley served in the same role during the transition from former President William Frawley, who was fired in 2007 after being charged with DUI twice and two days, and the hiring of Judy Hample as Frawley's replacement.

Hample announced her resignation as president in February and will officially leave the school June 30.

She'll be on "academic sabbatical" beginning April 1 and will continue to receive her full salary through June. Upon leaving, the school will pay her an additional $217,000, according to a reworked employment contract ( PDF: Read the agreement.)the Board of Visitors has agreed to.

Hurley, 62, had announced plans to retire May 1. However, he agreed to stay on for at least an additional year after Hample's resignation was announced.

It's unclear how long he'll remain with the school beyond 2011.

According to the UMW Web site, Hurley says, "My overall approach to managing the institution involves an emphasis on customer service, personal integrity, and doing what we say we are going to do."

- Reporting by Jeff Branscome, The Free Lance-Star