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Liberating the Spirit in Oakland Since 1868 - The Inauguration of William J. Hynes, Ph.D.

HNU President William J. Hynes, Ph.D.

The Board of Trustees of Holy Names University announced that William Hynes, Ph.D., has been appointed the 17th president of Holy Names University effective August 1, 2010. Dr. Hynes succeeds Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., who retired as of July 31, 2010, after serving Holy Names University for 11 years.

“It is an honor to be appointed President of Holy Names University. The University’s commitment and impressive accomplishments in diversity, social justice, and recruiting students who are the first in their families to receive a college degree are well known to me. I look forward to collaborating with the excellent faculty, administrators, and staff who serve HNU students so well. Building on the legacy of Sr. Rosemarie’s work, we will seek to provide an even richer learning environment for our undergraduate and graduate students. I am delighted to be working with such an outstanding Board of Trustees and look forward to the challenge of building a stronger financial and donor base to support our educational goals. I am pleased to be returning to the East Bay in general and Oakland in particular. I look forward to being actively engaged with this city and deepening the link between the rich tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the Oakland community,” stated Hynes.

Dr. Hynes comes to Holy Names with a breadth of academic experience that includes faculty and administrative positions. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and English from Conception College, his M.A. in Catholic Theology from Marquette University, his M.A. in the History of Christian Thought and a Ph.D. in the History of American Religious Thought from the University of Chicago.

Hynes previously served as president of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin for eight years. His prior administrative experience includes serving as the academic vice president of St. Mary’s College of California, academic dean of the college at Regis University.

Dr. Hynes and his spouse, Margie Shurgot Hynes, are well-known to the San Francisco Bay Area community, where they resided from 1990 to 2000. While in the Bay Area, Ms. Shurgot held executive fundraising positions with the San Francisco Symphony, the Campaign to Restore the War Memorial Opera House, and California College of the Arts.

“Dr. Hynes inherits an institution with a positive financial footing that is primed for a new level of growth and development. The five-year strategic plan, implemented in 2007, has been instrumental in the University reaching its goals in measureable timelines and steps. Dr. Hynes will continue to meet the goals of the strategic plan and will insure that the values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are woven into the fabric of new programs and initiatives. His breadth of experience in fundraising and fiscal management will serve the University well as he undertakes financial campaigns to build HNU’s endowment and provide funds for expanding academic programs and needed facilities. His background in developing rapport with students and creating an exciting campus life will greatly enrich the Holy Names experience,” says Ron Rosequist, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Hynes’ appointment marks the end of a year-long search. The Presidential Selection Committee, chaired by trustee Barbara Hood (HNU alumna, class of 1970) is grateful for the work of Isaacson, Miller, the executive search firm that assisted in the process of recruiting the candidates. “The decision to select this president was based on the HNU Profile document that highlighted desired qualifications for the role. This profile was created with input from multiple groups within the university community,” said Barbara Hood. “Dr. Hynes was a clear choice, as his knowledge and abilities are aligned with those qualities.”

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