Antoinette Hays head shot


Department President's Office

Mailing Address

Regis College box 1059

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


In more than two decades of teaching at Regis before her appointment as the tenth president in July 2011, Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, was the founding dean of the Regis School of Nursing. Through her leadership, Regis has pursued cutting-edge technological innovation and is an Apple Distinguished School.

She guided the university’s development of a strategic graduate focus on health care, and Regis has been named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third consecutive time. Under President Hays’ leadership, the university established two additional schools, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business and Communication, which join the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Nursing.

In spring 2017, Hays oversaw the launch of a $40-million comprehensive campaign. Phase one of the university's master plan was completed in 2015 and included the construction of a new residence hall, quad and library renovations that include a learning commons and Dunkin’ Donuts.

President Hays also launched Regis North, a satellite campus that provides bachelor-degree completion programs and other educational and economic opportunities to students in the Merrimack Valley. In the spring of 2017, Regis launched its partnership with Pearson to provide online programs.

Her energy and compassion have also driven the successful development and funding of the Regis Haiti Project to educate Haitian nursing faculty. She currently serves on the boards of Partners In Health; Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton, MA; the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts; the Association of Colleges of the Sisters of St. Joseph; the Lawrence Partnership; and the international Health eVillages. She is an active member of the National Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the National Council of Independent Colleges.

President Hays and her husband, John Przybylski, MD, have three adult children and two granddaughters.


With nursing degrees from Boston College and Boston University and a doctorate from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, President Hays is a prominent voice in global health policy, gerontology, and interdisciplinary higher education.