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Regis College Inaugural Program Announced

September 27, 2011

Tradition, culture and dialogue to highlight Regis College inaugural

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, to be installed as 10th President

From hoop rolling on the front lawn and a field hockey game against Wheelock College to academic symposia, a lecture by famed author Tracy Kidder and a dance performance by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre, all aspects of Regis College will be engaged to mark the installation of Antoinette M. Hays, RN, PhD, as the 10th president of the College. Dr. Hays, formerly Dean of the Regis School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, assumed her presidential responsibilities on July 1.

Inaugural week coincides with Regis’ annual Founders Day celebration, which commemorates the arrival in Boston in 1873 of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded Regis College in 1927.

On Tuesday, October 4. Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains, will deliver the annual Founders Day lecture. The day is capped off by a performance of the acclaimed José Mateo Ballet Theatre, the only dance company in New England whose repertory is created by its own choreographer. The Cuban-born Mateo’s mission – serving as a high-quality academy with a humanistic approach to ballet training that fosters diversity and inclusion throughout the community – echoes that of Regis, which, through arts, sciences and the professions, pursues excellence in the education of the whole person while embracing diversity.

Inaugural week starts on Sunday, October 2 with the women’s field hockey game and traditional hoop rolling, followed by a senior cap and gown ceremony and Catholic liturgy. Regis faculty will fill Monday morning, October 3, with interdisciplinary academic symposia on the topics of “Big Brother Is Watching…WhatYou Eat. Protection or Intrusion?” and “Ethics in Athletics:Team as a Microcosm for Life.” That afternoon The Barbara Kelleher Hyland, ’65 Lecture will feature former State Representative Marie St. Fleur, formerly of Haiti. Beginning in 2007, well before the massive earthquake in 2010, Dr. Hays worked tirelessly to establish an international nursing education program aimed at educating nursing faculty in Haiti.

The culmination of inaugural events will occur on Wednesday, October 5. “We are very pleased and deeply honored that His Eminence Seán P. Cardinal O’Malley will preside at the Inaugural Liturgy on Wednesday morning, October 5,” said Donna M. Norris, MD, Chairman of the Regis Board of Trustees. Investiture will occur that afternoon.

At that time, honorary degrees will be conferred on Loune Viaud of Partners in Health, who works on health and social justice issues in Cange, Haiti; Sister Leila Hogan, CSJ, PhD, political scientist and former academic dean of Regis College; and Dr. Lisa Lynch, professor of social and economic policy and Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Hays will speak on “Daunting Challenges, Creative Opportunities” in higher education, and Dr. Lynch will give the greeting and the insight of the larger academic community in Greater Boston and New England in a talk called, “Reimagining Learning.”

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.

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 is “enthusiastic about working with President Hays in continuing to shape Regis College as a premier educational institution for the 21st century."

Hays has played a pivotal role in implementing new undergraduate programs in 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 (2008-2015) 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.

Dr. Hays is married to John Przybylski, MD, and they have three grown children. The family makes its home in Wayland.

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 1,700 students are enrolled in 20 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, regulatory and clinical research management, 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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