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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 a founding dean of the School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions.
In her October 2011 inaugural address, Dr. Hays articulated a vision for the college and the core tenets of her presidency. Chief among them:
“Regis is student-centered … a leader in providing educational opportunity to first-generation, minority and immigrant students as well as to the traditional sons and daughters of middle and upper class families, whether at the undergraduate or the graduate level. Regis is a leader in graduate program innovation so that women and men returning to school, re-tooling, or developing a new career have options. We must hold to this center.”
An ensuing college-wide strategic planning process delved into the very essence of the institution – mission, community, direction, strengths, needs, opportunities – and led to a detailed blueprint for growth, with several major goals:
- Increasing undergraduate, graduate, professional, and doctoral student enrollment;
- Developing new academic majors and degree programs;
- Expanding the College’s global footprint, through study, service, research, academic partnerships, and international alumni engagement and student recruitment;
- Promoting technological innovation;
- Implementing a master plan to contemporize campus facilities and grounds.
Since becoming president, Dr. Hays has guided a significant expansion of academic programs in the College’s School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences (SLAESS), and School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions (SNSHP). At SNSHP, new degrees, majors, and concentrations have been launched in Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging, Public Health, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Neuroscience. At SLAESS, a reinvigoration of the liberal arts brought new and revised undergraduate majors, as well as graduate education with a growing Master of Arts program in Heritage Studies and in Professional Writing, and a new doctoral degree program in education focusing on Higher Education Leadership.
Under President Hays’s leadership, Regis became the first college in New England to issue Apple iPad tablet computers to all students and faculty. The integration of these cutting-edge devices across the curriculum – and the dramatic expansion of wireless networking capabilities across the campus -- is advancing the way we teach and learn, fueling curricular innovation, and preparing students for the technology-driven careers that await them.
Dr. Hays has overseen the development, funding and launch of the Regis College Haiti Project, an international nursing faculty partnership initiative collaborating with the Haitian Ministry of Health and Haitian universities in educating nursing faculty in Haiti.
Dr. Hays is a member of a number of professional organizations, including Massachusetts Colleges of Nursing, Eastern Nurse Research Society; and the American Association for Colleges of Nursing Program Committee. She serves on the boards of Health eVillages; the Gifford School, Weston, Mass.; Parmenter Health VNA and Community Care, Wayland, Mass.; and the Massachusetts Organization for Nurse Executives. As Regis president, she is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts, 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 children and one grandchild.