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Rick Hurley, 63, Mary Washington University’s ninth president is already well-known in the Fredericksburg community. And in one of his more significant roles involving parties. “I do love everything about people,” he said. “I love meeting new people and hearing what they both the community and the university, Rick was responsible for establishing a committee which brings have to say.” Friends and associates say Rick is well-liked together civic leaders and university officials to discuss issues and strengthand respected because en communication. he’s unassuming and he He also was instrutreats everyone equally, mental in developing the whether he’s with digniuniversity’s first pubtaries or dishwashers. lic/private partnership, And that’s not very Eagle Village, a complex likely to change just beof university offices, cause he’s president of dormitories and retail the university. space in the former Park Not long ago, he was & Shop center. at a meeting of the BB&T The turn of events Bank Advisory Board, of leading to Rick’s presiwhich he is a member, Rick and his wife Rose enjoying an afternoon dency takes his breath and someone he’d never away from UMW campus away. He would have met asked him what he does. Rick replied, “I work at the University of Mary been retired by now had former president Judy Washington.” Someone else at the table spoke up and Hample not unexpectedly resigned after a two-year tenure. His retirement was to take effect May 1, but said, “Rick is the president of the university.” Rick says he gets his people skills from his dad. Hample’s April 1 announcement led immediately to And in choosing Rose as his wife, he guaranteed him- Rick’s postponement of retirement and his designaself a lifestyle that centers around people and the tion as acting president, followed nine days later by joys that friendship can bring. “Rose is just as much a the announcement of his selection as president by the Board of Visitors. people person as I am,” he says. By choosing Rick from within rather than hiring The Hurleys love to entertain and they’re always cooking for friends and family or going out to an outside firm to conduct a search, the board placed eat. They’re also regulars at Hope Springs Marina in its faith in a man who had already led the university Stafford where they keep their boat, a 44-foot Carver through a difficult transition period following the cabin cruiser, which Rick calls “a floating condomin- departure of former president William J. Frawley. ium.” They spend weekends cruising the Potomac In the interim between Frawley and Hample, Rick River with friends and family. Lots of homemade served as acting president from May 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. chow comes out of the galley. “Rick has the knowledge, experience and leadOn a more serious level, Rick is a former chairman and current board member of the Rappahannock ership qualities needed to move the university forUnited Way, a board member of the Fredericksburg ward,” said university board rector Nanalee Sauder. Regional Alliance, a director of the Fredericksburg “The outpouring of support for his candidacy from Regional Chamber of Commerce, and an active mem- faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community was remarkable.” ber of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club. 38

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