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Message to the Campus Community from Board Chair Donna M. Norris, MDMay 3, 2011
Dear Members of the Regis College Community,
On behalf of the Regis College Board of Trustees, I am very pleased to announce the Board’s decision to appoint Antoinette Hays, RN, PhD, the next President of Regis College, beginning July 1, 2011.
Currently the first Dean of the Regis College School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions, 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. Since coming to teach in a fledgling nursing program at Regis in 1985 as an adjunct professor, Dr. Hays has steadily affirmed liberal arts education and helped build Regis for the twenty-first century. As a dean working with her faculty, Dr. Hays grew the College by envisioning and providing myriad nursing and health profession programs including the dual track Health and Fitness program in Nutrition or Sport Management, the Public Health minor, several different Master’s programs in nursing, the Master’s in Health Administration, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and, most recently, the Master’s in Biomedical Science. Her energy and compassion drove the successful development and funding of the Regis College Haiti Project to educate Haitian nursing faculty, and the first cohort of Haitian nursing faculty will arrive on campus this June. 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.”
Dr. Hays is married to John Przybylski, MD, and they have three grown children: their daughter Alexis, who graduated from Boston College, is working in public relations and graduate admissions at MIT; their son Wesley, an Emmanuel College graduate who is teaching mathematics at a private international school in Bangkok, Thailand; and their son John, who is a rising junior at Fairfield University in Connecticut. The family makes its home in Wayland.
We can all rejoice and take pride in the fact that Dr. Hays has agreed to lead our institution in what promises to be a period of significant growth and challenge. She brings the experience and leadership to keep the momentum of the College moving forward. She has already demonstrated a remarkable energy, spirit of innovation and wisdom that has helped Regis establish itself in the changing higher educational environment of New England. Dr. Hays is an individual of great integrity, values, and achievement, and this Board is in full support of her selection.
The process of the Regis College Presidential Search Committee was inclusive, thorough, and professional. The Regis College By-Laws explicitly entrust the election of the President of the College to the Board of Trustees, and during April the Board took up the final phases of selection with care and dedication.
The Board of Trustees expresses its gratitude to all members of the Regis College community – faculty, staff, students and alumni – for your participation and insight during the course of this search. Regis is historically imbued with the leadership and service of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, the founders of the College, and we go forward together in that spirit around President-Elect Dr. Toni Hays to fulfill this College’s wonderful mission of higher education.
With sincere regards from the Regis College Board of Trustees,