The University of Mary Washington's Board of Visitors renamed the year-old Information & Technology Convergence Center after school President Rick Hurley, who is retiring at the end of this academic year.
Thursday’s resolution naming the ITCC the Hurley Convergence Center brought the president to tears.
“I’m just a guy from Jersey,” Hurley said. “Now I’m a college president and there’s a building named after me. This is the last thing I would have imagined could have happened. It’s such an honor. I’m so honored.”
The Information Technology Convergence Center opened to students last fall and cost $39.5 million to build. Hurley was among those who put the project into motion six years prior.
“President Hurley has made an indelible impact at Mary Washington,” said Rector Holly Cuellar. “We wanted to recognize his accomplishments with one of our highest tributes to a president.”
Hurley, who retires next June, has served as president since July 1, 2010. During his 16-year career at UMW, he twice served as acting president, as well as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of the UMW Foundation.
The board also dedicated the university’s new $56.25 million University Center on Thursday.
At the ceremony, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair thanked Hurley “for his vision and commitment to see the project through.”
The ceremony also noted that the University Center’s clock face had been donated by the family of Edith Logan Sheppard Ott, a 1959 alumna, former board member and president of the alumni association.
Hurley called the new building “the heart of UMW,” and said “for me, this University Center is the final piece of the puzzle . . . to enhance the quality of student life.”