Nursing dean chosen to lead Regis College

Hays to succeed England on July 1

By Sarah Thomas
Globe Correspondent / May 4, 2011

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Regis College announced yesterday that Antoinette M. Hays, the dean of Regis’s school of nursing, will become president of the college in Weston, effective July 1.

Hays will succeed Mary Jane England, with whom she collaborated on the school’s international nursing program in Haiti, the college said in a release.

“I am passionate about Regis College,’’ Hays said. “The students and the positive impact of Regis’ mission on them energize me. I thank the board for the trust it expressed in selecting me as the next president and look forward eagerly to working with trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to take Regis to its next stage of excellence.’’

Hays received her doctorate from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 1990 with a dissertation on health policy and aging. She received a master of science degree from Boston University in 1978 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston College in 1974.

Under her leadership, Regis’s School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions won the only designation in New England as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education (2008-2011) from the National League of Nursing, the college said. Regis’s nursing programs have affiliations with 11 Greater Boston hospitals.

England announced last year that she was resigning. She has led the college since 2001.

“Dr. Hays is a remarkable individual who possesses outstanding vision, energy, and poise,’’ said England. “She has a track record of executing her ideas locally and globally with great integrity and a strong sense of values. She is a person of imagination, achievement and great humanity. This college and its board are enthusiastic about her selection as the right individual to be the president of Regis at this time.’’

Hays is married to Dr. John Przybylski, and they have three grown children. The family makes its home in Wayland.

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