Posted Friday, Feb. 3, 7:50 p.m. William Frawley, dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, was named president of the University of Mary Washington Friday. He was one of three finalists for the presidency of the Fredericksburg, Va., school. He will be formally welcomed to the school’s campus on Feb. 6.
“It is a great honor to be entrusted with the leadership of this fine institution,” Frawley said in a statement released by the University of Mary Washington. “I am very fortunate to become part of its century of tradition and especially to be able work with UMW’s accomplished faculty, students and staff, the engaged and helpful community of Fredericksburg and the region, and UMW’s thoughtful and dedicated Board of Visitors. Together we will move forward into Mary Washington’s next century of excellence.”
Frawley joins Michael Young, former head of the GW Law School, as a University dean who recently ascended to a college presidency. Young was named president of the University of Utah in May 2004.
“We celebrate his selection as president of our neighbor, the University of Mary Washington,” University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said in a press statement, referring to Frawley. “We are confident that his talents will take him and his new institution from strength to strength.”