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Antoinette Hays, PhD, to become the 10th President of Regis CollegeMay 3, 2011
Succeeds Mary Jane England, MD as head of 84-year-old Catholic co-educational institution
Regis College Trustees have announced that Antoinette M. Hays, RN, PhD, will become the 10th president of the College, succeeding Mary Jane England, MD, who is stepping down at the end of June after a decade of service. Dr. Hays, currently Dean of the Regis School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, will assume her presidential responsibilities on July 1.
“We are very pleased and deeply honored that Dr. Hays has agreed to lead our institution during this time of significant growth and challenge,” said Donna M. Norris, MD, Chairman of the Regis Board of Trustees. “She has already demonstrated the innovation, wisdom and outstanding leadership needed to continue the momentum begun under Dr. England.”
Dr. Hays received her doctorate from the Heller School, Brandeis University, in 1990 with a dissertation on health policy and aging. She received her MS from Boston University in 1978 and her BS in nursing from Boston College in 1974. She has a background in fine arts as well as medicine and liberal arts and has cultivated interdisciplinary connections among the arts and sciences.
“I am passionate about Regis College,” said President-Elect Hays. “The students and the positive impact of Regis’ mission on them energize me. I thank the Board for the trust it expressed in selecting me as the next President and look forward eagerly to working with trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to take Regis to its next stage of excellence.”
Sister Mary L. Murphy, CSJ, President of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston that sponsors the College, said that that she “looks forward to collaborating with President Hays in continuing to shape Regis College as a premier educational institution for the 21st century."
“Dr. Hays is a remarkable individual who possesses outstanding vision, energy, and poise,” commented outgoing president England. “She has a track record of executing her ideas locally and globally with great integrity and a strong sense of values. She is a person of imagination, achievement and great humanity. This College and its Board are enthusiastic about her selection as the right individual to be the president of Regis at this time.”
Beginning in 2007, well before the massive earthquake in 2010, Dr. Hays worked tirelessly with Dr. England to establish an international nursing education program aimed at educating nursing faculty in Haiti. Forged in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Health, the Regis College Haiti Project now has the approval of the International Haiti Recovery Commission and is funded through Partners in Health, the Ansara Family Foundation, and other donors. The first cohort of 12 Haitian nursing faculty members will arrive on the Regis campus to begin their master’s program this June.
“Dr. Hays is a passionate and effective leader,” said Paul Farmer, MD, and Ophelia Dahl, co-founders of Partners in Health, “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. She excels at garnering support for these efforts by combining an enthusiastic approach with fiscal diligence in her development activities. The Regis and PIH nursing collaboration was made possible because of her ability to work creatively in pursuing funding and assuring donors and partners alike of her fiscal abilities. But leadership is about far more than fundraising: it also requires a personal commitment to service. Dr. Hays has embodied this commitment both personally and professionally as a clinician, administrator, and leader at Regis.”
Hays has played a pivotal role in implementing new undergraduate programs in health and fitness (nutrition and sport management) and public health and adding new master’s programs in nursing, health administration, and biomedical science to existing master’s programs in communications, education, management, and health product regulation. She oversaw and launched the College’s first doctoral program, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Under her leadership, the Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions won the only designation in New England as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education (2008-2011) from the National League of Nursing. Regis’ award-winning nursing programs have affiliations with 11 greater Boston hospitals, helping hospitals enhance job retention by promoting career development.
“Having come up through the faculty, I know how Regis guides, develops and graduates its students, and I will be tireless in continuing to advocate for curricular options that meet their needs as well as those of the marketplace, “ said Dr. Hays, adding “ With the support of the Regis learning community and the Board of Trustees, I am absolutely committed to strengthening our College – the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions - in the higher education environment of New England.”
Dr. Hays is married to John Przybylski, MD, and they have three grown children. Their daughter Alexis graduated from Boston College and works in public relations and graduate admissions at MIT; their son Wesley, an Emmanuel College graduate, teaches mathematics at a private international school in Bangkok, Thailand; and their son John is a sophomore at Fairfield University in Connecticut. The family makes its home in Wayland.
Outgoing President England’s leadership roles in health policy, health care reform and mental health will continue past her presidency of Regis College, beginning with her appointment as Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health in the coming year.
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, health product regulation, and nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
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