St. Norbert College president emeritus William Hynes appointed president of Holy Names University

From St. Norbert College, May 4, 2010
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The Board of Trustees of Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif. has announced that William Hynes, Ph.D., president emeritus and professor of religious studies at St. Norbert College, has been appointed the 17th president of Holy Names University. The president-elect will succeed President Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., who will retire as of July 31, 2010.

"I am delighted to be named as the next president of Holy Names University in the San Francisco Bay area," said William Hynes. "When I stepped down from St. Norbert College as president, my only wish was to return to teaching and writing. After a very satisfying sabbatical year working on my book on the principles of entrepreneurship, and a wonderful year teaching undergraduate and graduate students, I found that I missed being a president. Holy Names University has an excellent reputation as an institution of higher learning committed to diversity, social justice, and the education of first-generation college students. I shall deeply miss my many colleagues and friends at St. Norbert College and in the Green Bay community."

Hynes served as president of St. Norbert College for eight years (2000-2008). His prior administrative experience includes serving as the academic vice president of St. Mary's College of California and as academic dean of the college at Regis University.

"All of us at St. Norbert College extend congratulations to Bill and Margie Hynes for this great opportunity," said St. Norbert president Thomas Kunkel. "Holy Names University is getting a president with a wealth of experience and a passion for their institutional values. St. Norbert owes Bill a huge debt of gratitude for the many initiatives and capital projects that were undertaken during his eight years of service as president. He truly advanced this college, as he will Holy Names University."

Hynes' tenure as president marked significant enhancement of the college's endowment and its strategic funding initiative as well as completion of the new Mulva Library. Further, he articulated a deep commitment to the mission of the college and its Norbertine legacy.

Hynes will assume the presidency at Holy Names University on Aug. 1, 2010.