September 24, 2023

Inauguration Slideshow

The University of Mary Washington celebrated the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley as its ninth president on Friday, September 30, at George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. Click here for a photo slideshow from the ceremony.

Economic Development Conference Kicks Off UMW’s Inaugural Week

Business and government leaders from throughout the region gathered Monday, Sept. 26 on the University of Mary Washington Stafford campus for the inaugural economic development conference Partners in Prosperity for the Rappahannock Region.

Eugene P. Trani, president emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University, presented the keynote address, “Town and Gown in the 21st Century,” in which he asserted that higher education is undergoing a major transformation that is redefining the relationship of colleges and universities to the broader community. Using VCU as an example, he discussed ways universities can support community and economic development.

The event also included a panel of diverse, local business people who shared ideas about ways to strengthen the business climate in the region, and a presentation by Lieutenant Governor William T. Bolling, who addressed the importance of job creation and regional economic development.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Economic Development, kicked-off a week of events leading up the inauguration of President Richard V. Hurley on Sept. 30. Read article in The Free Lance-Star.

President Hurley Writes Op-Ed in Fredericksburg Newspaper

In celebration of Inauguration Week, President Richard V. Hurley wrote an op-ed that recently appeared in The Free Lance-Star. In the article, Hurley discusses the integral part that service plays to the campus community as well as the events leading up to his inauguration ceremony.

Read the full article.


Inauguration Week Starts Monday

Monday, September 26 marks the beginning of inauguration week, themed “Engaging Minds. Serving the World,” to celebrate the inauguration of President Richard Hurley.

The week of festivities kicks off with “Partners in Prosperity for the Rappahannock Region,” an economic development conference for the business community. The conference, featuring Eugene P. Trani, former president of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, will take place Monday from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Stafford campus.

The week continues with Karl Rove’s presentation at the Fredericksburg Forum on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Tickets for faculty, staff and students are $15, limit two, and are available at or (540) 654-1065.

Thursday will offer multiple activities, including the “Serving the World” service activity with Habitat for Humanity and two discussion sessions. The service activity, which will involve members of the UMW community building tables and a shed, will take place from 2 – 6 p.m. on Ball Circle and will include a barbeque. “Engaging Minds: The Legacy and Future of the Stafford Campus” will feature the accomplishments of graduates from the Stafford campus during a session from 6 – 8 p.m. in University Hall at the Stafford campus. From 5 – 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, “Engaging Minds: Teaching, Service Learning and Research” will include discussions about innovative teaching, undergraduate research and study abroad, and faculty-directed service learning activities.

The culmination of inauguration week is the Presidential Installation Ceremony on Friday. The ceremony is from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, followed by a reception. Tickets are required and may be reserved at

On Saturday, nearly 100 student volunteers will participate in COAR’s “Into the Streets” day of service. COAR will pair volunteers with eight organizations throughout the Fredericksburg area, including Tree Fredericksburg, Habitat for Humanity and the Thurman Brisben Center as an extension of President Hurley’s call to service.

For a complete list of events and more information, visit the inauguration website at

UMW to Mark Inauguration of Richard V. Hurley

The University of Mary Washington will celebrate the inauguration of Richard V. Hurley on Friday, September 30 with a week of festivities; including speakers, a formal installation ceremony and community service activities.

Hurley assumed the presidency of the University of Mary Washington on July 1, 2010, with the primary goal of making UMW the best public liberal arts university in the nation. His inauguration as the university’s ninth president will formalize his leadership, acknowledging and honoring his 11 years of dedication to Mary Washington and more than three decades in higher education.

The theme of Hurley’s inauguration, “Engaging Minds. Serving the World,” reinforces his strong belief in the importance of a stimulating educational environment and the value of a liberal arts education coupled with his support for the Mary Washington community’s dedication to public service.

Read the full news release.