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Hynes Appointed 17th President of Holy Names University

Dear Friends of Holy Names University,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that William J. Hynes, Ph.D., will become Holy Names University’s 17th President on August 1, 2010. Dr. Hynes will succeed Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., who has served as HNU’s president for 11 years.

On the morning of Thursday, April 22, the Board of Trustees voted to accept Dr. Hynes’ nomination by the Presidential Search Committee. The unanimous vote reflects our deep confidence in Dr. Hynes’ ability to articulate and exemplify the University’s mission. This final recommendation was approved by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Dr. Hynes has had a distinguished academic career and has exceptional administrative and leadership skills. His record of achievement, his ideals for academic excellence and his respect for the values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary makes him uniquely qualified to serve as HNU’s President.

He 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.

The Board of Trustees believes Dr. Hynes is eminently qualified for this job. I know that each of you will enjoy meeting with him when he arrives on campus and working with him in building an even greater Holy Names University. For Dr. Hynesí biography click here.


Ronald V. Rosequist, JD
Board of Trustees

William Hynes
William J. Hynes, Ph.D.