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The Blue & Gray Press | April 22, 2018

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President Hurley celebrates recognition, busy semester before retiring

February 11, 2016 |


The Virginia General Assembly honored University of Mary Washington president Richard Hurley by presenting him with the joint resolution on the floor of the House of Delegates on Monday, Jan. 25 where Speaker Bill Howell brought up the commendation. Overseeing the creation of new buildings, raising $50 million and opening a new campus center were some of the responsibilities taken on by Hurley over his six years at UMW’s president, who will retire on June 30.Read More

UMW announces plan to attempt Guiness World Record for high-fives, send Hurley out in style

February 11, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington may find itself in the record books. On Wednesday, the University announced that it will be attempting to break an established Guinness World Record to achieve the highest number of people performing high-fives while simultaneously jumping.Read More

Fear 2 Freedom comes to UMW

April 2, 2015 |


“Fear 2 Freedom” took place on April 1 at the University of Mary Washington’s Anderson Center. The group is a global nonprofit dedicated to restoring the lives of people who are wounded by sexual assault.

The organization … Read More

Provost selection expected in March

February 27, 2013 |

Provost candidates finished meeting with the University of Mary Washington community and the administration expects to make a final decision on the selection by mid-March.
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Letter to the Editor: President Hurley Sends A Message to the Bullet

February 29, 2012 |

Dear Students,

Much has changed since I was applying to college in the 1960s. Paper applications have been replaced by electronic ones, mailers have become outdated by email, and college visits are supplanted by YouTube. While some might debate the … Read More

$12,000 Spent On Brompton

February 29, 2012 |

According to information acquired through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, $12,000 has been spent on furnishings and interior decoration since President Rick Hurley moved into the home in July 2010.Read More

Environmental Sustainability Hot-Button Issue on Campus

December 8, 2011 |


Environmental sustainability is an issue making its way to the forefront of the University of Mary Washington campus. The UMW community is working to improve sustainability on a personal, local and national level.

There are four areas … Read More

Hurley Recognized for Freedom Rides Exhibit

November 9, 2011 |


Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) recently recognized the efforts of the University of Mary Washington and President Rick Hurley in last semester’s commemoration of the Freedom Rides with a Congressional resolution.

Lewis was one of the 13 original … Read More

Hurley Installed as Ninth President

October 6, 2011 |

President Rick Hurley was officially sworn into office as the University of Mary Washington’s ninth president on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m in Dodd Auditorium.Read More

No Expense Spared for Inauguration

October 5, 2011 |


Newly inaugurated President Rick Hurley was the man of the hour last week. The buzz of excitement leading up to his inauguration last Friday even extended beyond campus into the local community.

Hurley was featured in no … Read More

Words of Wisdom From the Bullet

September 29, 2011 |

The editors of the Bullet wish to offer our sincerest congratulations to you on your formal inauguration as the ninth president of the University of Mary Washington. We look forward to working closely with you throughout your tenure as president and we are excited for what the future may hold.Read More

Preservation Plan Underway

February 16, 2011 |

Assistant professor of historic preservation Michael Spencer is in the process of drawing up a Preservation Plan that will work to determine the historical significance of each building on campus.  This Preservation Plan will work in conjunction with President Rick … Read More

President Addresses Campus Tuition Woes

January 19, 2011 |

Facing a wave of student opposition to proposed tuition increases, the Hurley administration plans to scale back the tuition increase it will seek for the next school year.

In October, Hurley said that UMW could face tuition increases of … Read More

Hurley Writes Apology Letter

October 28, 2010 |

Due to complaints from the Fredericksburg community about the UMW Homecoming concert Saturday night, President Rick Hurley wrote a letter to the Free Lance-Star apologizing to the College Heights community for the noise level and content of the music.

According … Read More

Staff Editorial: No Need for Hurley to Apologize for Obscenities

October 27, 2010 |

On Homecoming weekend, the rapper Wale performed at the Battlegrounds as the major entertainment for the UMW student body.

The rapper’s concert rubbed some in the Fredericksburg area the wrong way, as complaints came in from local residents griping about … Read More

LETTER: Hurley Wrong to Apologize for Wale Concert

October 27, 2010 |

Dear Editor,

President Hurley recently apologized to the residents of Fredericksburg for the lyrics used by rapper Wale at the Homecoming concert this past Saturday. Neighbors of the university expressed their complaints about the noise and content generated by the … Read More

Hurley Defends Possible UMW Tuition Increases

October 6, 2010 |

President Rick Hurley approached members of UMW’s Student Senate in a forum where he defended the planned tuition hike, addressing many students’ objections.

He opened his speech with the statement that no decision has been made yet regarding tuition.

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UMW Changes Policy on Diversity to be More Inclusive

October 6, 2010 |


Staff Writer

The University of Mary Washington is changing the wording of the Community Values Statement to better reflect the ideals and beliefs upheld and enforced by school faculty and staff, the Board of Visitors, and the … Read More

Tuition May go up 25%

September 22, 2010 |

The total cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at Mary Washington could rise by as much as 25 percent for next year, as announced at the Board of Visitors meeting last Friday.

In a presentation during the meeting, … Read More

Officials Break Ground at Dahlgren

September 22, 2010 |



Staff Writer

Last Friday, members of Mary Washington’s Board of Visitors and administration donned white hard hats and gold shovels for the official groundbreaking of UMW’s third campus in Dahlgren, Va.

The University … Read More

Third Show Added to Theatre Season

September 8, 2010 |


After petitioning President Rick Hurley for the restoration of lost funds, the Department of Theatre and Dance received $35, 000, allowing them to add a third show to their season.

At the end of last … Read More

Master Plan Gives Campus a Facelift

September 8, 2010 |

Hurley’s new Master Plan will redesign the face of Mary Washington’s campus.

The Master Plan, which focuses on the physical features of campus, calls for residence hall renovations, a new performing arts center and a new dining hall and … Read More

Staff Editorial: Leadership and the Hurley Honeymoon

September 8, 2010 |

Since taking the helm of Mary Washington in the wake of last year’s, er, administrative shake-up, President Rick Hurley has generally played all the right cards.  He lifted the freeze on faculty salaries.

He helped frustrated fathers put up dorm-room … Read More

Hurley Ushers in Redesigned Master Plan

September 1, 2010 |

In an interview yesterday with the Bullet, President Rick Hurley indicated that during the presidential turmoil last spring, he felt the time was finally right for him to apply for the job. As president, he said, he is now focused … Read More

Under Hurley, Enrollment May Rise by 400 to 1,000

April 22, 2010 |


As Acting President Rick Hurley gets ready to step officially into the role of president, he faces a pressing question:  How much should the University of Mary Washington expand student enrollment?

According to Hurley in an … Read More

Staff Editorial: Year Begins with Snow and Ends with Hurley

April 22, 2010 |

This year has been anything but quiet for UMW and the Bullet.  Amid record snowstorms and shifting administrations, the Bullet had an avalanche of university news.

With over 19,000 visits to our Web site this semester, the university was kept … Read More

Hurley Named President Amid Standing Ovation

April 15, 2010 |


Richard (Rick) Hurley will serve as the ninth president of the University of Mary Washington, effective July 1, 2010.

The Board of Visitors made the announcement at its meeting on Friday, April 9 after … Read More

Yazdi Resigns, Receives $73,160

April 14, 2010 |

Khalil Yazdi, who was recently demoted from his job as vice president for UMW technology, resigned last week, receiving a $73,160 settlement.

The resignation was effective Wednesday, April 7, according to George Farrar, the associate vice president for university relations … Read More

BOV Names Hurley as Ninth President

April 9, 2010 |


Richard Hurley will serve as the ninth president of the University of Mary Washington, effective July 1, 2010.

The Board of Visitors made the announcement at its meeting today after an hour long closed … Read More

Hurley Steps In, Demotes Yazdi

April 7, 2010 |

In one of his first decisions as acting president, Rick Hurley demoted a recently audited UMW official.

Khalil Yazdi, the former chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology and Institutional Research since August 2008, was reassigned, according to … Read More