During his tenure at Mary Washington, Richard V. Hurley has made a significant impact on the university. Prior to his presidency, Hurley was the institution’s chief financial officer, directing facilities and capital projects, public safety, human resources and business operations. He also served as treasurer of the University of Mary Washington Foundation where he has been instrumental in developing the university’s first public/private partnership, Eagle Village.
The list of Hurley’s accomplishments during his decade-long tenure is long and varied. The Fredericksburg campus has seen a substantial expansion of facilities that support significant improvements to student life including the indoor tennis complex, the fitness center, the renovation of Lee Hall, the acquisition of Marye’s Heights Apartments, the addition of a campus parking deck, and the construction of the William M. Anderson Convocation Center.
Also completed under Hurley’s watch was the distinctive Campanile, which now serves as an anchor for Campus Walk, and the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, which provides an inviting home for alumni, advancement and community activities. Mary Washington’s second academic building at the Stafford campus and the planning for a new Dahlgren campus also are among Hurley’s important accomplishments.
The financial standing of the Mary Washington has also seen considerable improvements due to Hurley’s efforts. The university’s reserves have grown from $900,000 when he arrived in 2000 to more than several million dollars today. Hurley also has worked diligently to reduce university expenditures without jeopardizing the institution’s core mission. For example, he oversaw the university’s energy performance audit that resulted in annual savings of approximately $500,000.
Active in the Fredericksburg community, President Hurley established the Town and Gown Committee; through his efforts, the University’s relationships with the community have been strengthened. He serves as a director of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the board of the Rappahannock United Way, the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, and Virginia Partners Bank.
Hurley came to Mary Washington in 2000 from Longwood University where he had served as vice president for administration and finance from 1985 until his departure. Prior to his service at Longwood, he spent four years at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and earlier had stints at several colleges and universities.
Hurley holds degrees, diplomas, and certificates from Harvard University, University of Kentucky, Central Michigan University, and Richard Stockton College in New Jersey.