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Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, was appointed tenth president of Regis College in July 2011.
President Hays, with nursing degrees from Boston College and Boston University and a PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, is a prominent voice in global health policy, an expert in gerontology, and a passionate advocate for interdisciplinary education in healthcare and the arts and sciences. In the 20-plus years leading up to her appointment as president, Dr. Hays was a leading member of the Regis faculty and the founding dean of the School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions.
Since becoming president, Dr. Hays has guided a significant expansion of academic programs in the College’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), and School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS). In SNHS, new degrees, majors, and concentrations have been launched in Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging, Public Health, Applied Behavior Analysis, Occupational Therapy and Neuroscience, as well as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). In SAS, a reinvigoration of the liberal arts has brought new and revised undergraduate majors in Humanities as well as graduate education in a growing Master of Arts program in Heritage Studies, Communication, and an EdD in Higher Education Leadership. Regis Nursing has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education since 2008.
Under President Hays’s leadership, Regis became the first college in New England to issue Apple iPad tablet computers to all students and faculty, advancing the way the Regis community teaches and learns, fueling curricular innovation, and preparing students for the technology-driven careers that await them. Regis was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School in 2015.
President Hays’ energy and compassion have also driven the successful development and funding of the Regis College Haiti Project to educate Haitian nursing faculty. The first cohort of Haitian nursing faculty arrived on campus the summer of 2011. As Ophelia Dahl and Paul Farmer, MD, co-founders of Partners in Health, have put it, Dr. Hays is “skilled at moving forward programs and projects strategically and collaboratively. Her visionary qualities are matched by the right combination of patience and impatience to get things done.” In 2012 the Haiti Project won a significant grant from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. On February 18, 2014, the first cohort became the first Haitian nursing faculty to receive a Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Haiti through the Regis College Haiti Project. These twelve will help educate two more cohorts, and ultimately they will all impact thousands of lives in Haiti through nursing education and healthcare, as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized with another significant grant in 2015.
Dr. Hays has served as a member of the Massachusetts Colleges of Nursing (MACN), Eastern Nurse Research Society; American Association for Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Program Committee. She currently serves on the boards of the Gifford School, Weston, MA; Partners in Health (PIH); Parmenter Health VNA and Community Care, Wayland, MA; Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton, MA; Health eVillages; and most recently, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM). As Regis president, she is also a member the Association of Colleges of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
Antoinette Hays and her husband, John Przybylski, MD, reside in Wayland, Mass. The couple has three grown children, one granddaughter, and another on the way.