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UMW chooses Truman State's Paino as president

by Elizabeth Liverman | Feb 22, 2016 - February 15, 2016

Troy Paino, president of Truman State University in Missouri, will be the University of Mary Washington’s 10th president, succeeding Rick Hurley on July 1.

Hurley will retire after serving as UMW’s president since 2010. The school notified students and staff of Hurley’s replacement Monday via an email.

Paino, 53, has been president of Truman State — Missouri’s designated liberal arts university — since May 2010, and had been provost and vice president of academic affairs there for almost two years before that.

He also served as dean of Winona State University’s College of Liberal Arts. His career at Winona began in 1997 as an assistant professor of history.

Paino earned doctorate and master’s degrees in American studies from Michigan State University, and holds a juris doctorate from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Evangel University.

His teaching and scholarly interests include American higher education, 20th century cultural and social history and American legal history.

He has written extensively on the history of American sports and published his book, “The Social History of the United States: 1960s,” in 2008.

At Truman State, Paino is known for his popularity with students, who affectionately call him T–Pain. He is also active on social media and the school’s YouTube account.

Truman State, which is located in Kirksville, Mo., has an enrollment of 6,200 students and is ranked the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region by U.S. News & World Report.

“I am fully aware of UMW’s reputation for academic excellence and commitment to developing the qualities of mind and heart necessary for reflective citizenship,” said Paino. “I am honored to have been selected to lead this great university forward in its critically important mission.”

UMW rector Holly T. Cuellar, who served as chair of the search advisory committee, said Paino was chosen for his values of academic excellence and social uplift, which “resonate perfectly with Mary Washington’s fundamental principles.”

Paino serves on the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is president-elect of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and he serves as treasurer of the Council on Public Higher Education in Missouri.

He and his wife, Kelly Paino, have two daughters, Sophia and Chloe.

The UMW Board of Visitors held a “hybrid search” for its 10th president, meaning the names of the candidates were never revealed to the public but specific groups of stakeholders met with and interviewed finalists.

The BOV also appointed a 19-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee that included faculty, student, staff, alumni and board representatives, which held open forums, created a leadership statement, conducted interviews and made the recommendation to the full board.

The board will hold a public vote to ratify Paino’s contract at its regular meeting on Feb. 18.

Paino will then be introduced to the campus community at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center.

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