July 20, 2024

An Announcement from President Hurley

Doug Searcy, Vice President for Student Affairs, has been named President of Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.  Dr. Searcy was selected following a national search and his appointment was announced by Barton College today.  He will begin his service in the position effective July 1, 2015.

Dr. Searcy has been an integral member of my senior leadership team at UMW.  Among his many accomplishments at the University of Mary Washington, he has worked diligently to build greater integration between student affairs and academic affairs to improve the overall student experience.  He has provided essential leadership in establishing the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service, enhancing the new student orientation process, and fostering the development of living/learning communities.  He also has been instrumental in the planning and construction of the new University Center, which will open next fall.

Dr. Searcy will be missed here at UMW, as will his wife, Beth, who is Director of Events and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Admissions.  However, I know that you will join me in congratulating Doug and his family on this outstanding new opportunity.  Barton College will be fortunate to have Dr. Searcy as its leader and the entire Searcy family as members of their community.

A definitive date for his departure from UMW and plans for filling the position will be determined later.



Richard V. Hurley