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Richard V. Hurley, ninth president of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., has served since July 1, 2010. Prior to being named president, he served the University of Mary Washington for a decade in various positions, including executive vice president and chief financial officer and acting president.

President Hurley’s career in higher education spans more than three decades. Before coming to the University of Mary Washington, he was vice president for administration and finance at Longwood University, director of administration for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and assistant to the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges.

A native of New Jersey, President Hurley earned a B.S. in environmental studies from Richard Stockton College and an M.A. in public administration from Central Michigan University. He also holds certificates and diplomas from the University of Kentucky and Harvard University.

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No Players' Unions in This League

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 5:14 PM

As the drama plays out at Northwestern University over the right of its football players to form a union and collectively bargain, the whole concept of the student-athlete at the big sports universities is coming under scrutiny. This issue is particularly interesting to me as the president of a university...

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The Power of Bricks and Mortar

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 3:08 PM

"Learning is a complex, holistic, multi-centric activity that occurs throughout and across the college experience." Learning Reconsidered, a NASPA white paper, 2004.

With all the talk these days about the magic of online education, I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about the...

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Why Public Colleges Cost More

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:06 PM

The term return on investment is now part of the higher ed lexicon -- parents who will be paying for students' college educations use the term, as do educators and administrators who seek to give good value for the price of attendance. Most of the discussion of ROI that I...

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Teaching From the Bottom Up

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 9:06 PM

The university is supposed to be a place of inquiry, of exposure to new ideas, of in-depth exploration of subject matter, and, most importantly, of deep and sustained learning. But these days, especially as questions about return on investment rage, the issue of how much learning takes place on campus...

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Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:56 AM

I am often asked how well our college of the liberal arts and sciences prepares students for jobs and careers. We like to think that a liberal arts education prepares students for life, and that jobs and careers are only one part of that. But our research shows that employers...

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Online Ed -- Getting it Right

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:56 PM

A lot is being written and said about online education these days, and liberal arts and sciences institutions should pay close attention. Most universities --- and certainly the public ones -- are being urged to expand their offerings of online courses so as to decrease the cost of learning and...

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A Place of One's Own -- Online

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 9:52 AM

I've been writing in these pages about the intersection of technology and pedagogy at colleges of the liberal arts and sciences. I've essentially been arguing that although America needs technicians and technocrats, and though that may seem where the jobs are these days, the value of a liberal arts and...

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Getting Aboard the High-Tech Train

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:39 PM

The last time I wrote in this space, I was arguing the value of a liberal arts education in these highly technological times. I wrote that even with the new emphasis on STEM, the world needs the kinds of integrators, synthesizers, and big and bold thinkers that liberal institutions nurture...

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Even Better Than STEM

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 11:16 AM

Parents sending their children off to college these days have a right to worry: unemployment rates seem intractably high, college costs more and more, and students are graduating with unprecedented debt. As the president of a public liberal arts institution, I am especially sensitive to the "return-on-investment" question. And it...

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