Holy Names University announced that Dr. William J. Hynes has chosen to end his term as President of the University, effective this summer. Under Dr. Hynes’ leadership, the University produced hundreds of graduates who went on to become the Bay Area’s nurses, teachers, scientists, therapists, counselors, and business leaders.
Dr. Hynes established the Early Admit Program to prepare high school students for college, and was also a founding member of Oakland Promise to offer increased scholarship support for high school graduates. He also created the James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series and supported the founding of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Social Justice Forum. Lastly, Dr. Hynes led the effort to move Holy Names University Athletics to NCAA Division II status. During his tenure, US News & World Report cited HNU as one of the county’s most diverse universities, and the New American Foundation cited it as one of the most affordable private universities in the country.
In the next phase of his career, he will pursue longstanding academic and personal projects, including a book on entrepreneurship.
“I am keenly aware of the privilege and blessing it is to witness the transitions of our students, who have been indelibly shaped by the core values of the Sisters and the leadership of our faculty and professional staff. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this amazing university and the community it represents,” said Dr. William J. Hynes.
Dr. Hynes has a three-decade distinguished career in academia that includes administration, teaching, and writing. Previously, he served as President of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, Vice-President of Academic Affairs at St. Mary’s College of California, and Dean of the College at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He holds a PhD and MA from the University of Chicago in the History of Christian Thought, another MA in Catholic Theology from Marquette University, his BA from Conception College, and Certificates from both Harvard University and the University of Geneva.
“We are thankful to Dr. Hynes for his six years of leadership on campus,” said Barbara Hood, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Holy Names University. “Looking ahead, we are seeking a leader to help us dream big and imagine the next phase of our history as we continue undergraduate and graduate educational majors and programs at HNU.”
In the months ahead, Holy Names University will appoint an interim President. The school will also launch a national search with a goal of having its next leader on campus for the 2017-18 year - its sesquicentennial anniversary. The next leader of Holy Names University will carry forward the traditions of promoting critical thinking, celebrating diversity, connecting with faculty, and striving for social justice at one of the most affordable private colleges in the Bay Area and one of the most diverse university campuses in the country.