Judy Gayle Hample was an American academic administrator. She is the former chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Florida Board of Regents.[2] She has served in a variety of faculty and academic administrative positions at various institutions over the course of her career, including president of the University of Mary Washington, serving as that university's first female president.[3]

Judy Hample

Judy Gayle Hample

(1947-10-16) October 16, 1947 (age 71)
EducationPh.D. in Communication[1]
Master of Arts in Communication
Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Secondary Education
Alma materOhio State University
David Lipscomb University

Early life and educationEdit

Hample grew up in Tennessee and wanted to be a scientist.[4] She attended David Lipscomb University where she was also a member of the debate team.[4] As a student, her lab studies conflicted with her debating so she changed her focus on communications in order to continue traveling as part of the team.[4] She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the university in 1969, majoring in communication and secondary education (French). Hample went on to attend Ohio State University where she earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Communication.[5]


Upon graduating from Ohio State University, Hample received her first faculty appointment as a lecturer and debate coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[4] She has held tenured professorships during all of her administrative appointments,including her first administrative appointments which came while at Western Illinois University. She was first made a department division director, later becoming assistant dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. Hample served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University before moving on as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University in 1986. After leaving ISU, she became the senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of Toledo until joining the Florida Board of Regents in 1998.[2]

From 1998 to 2001, Hample served in various positions for the Florida Board of Regents. She served at the vice chancellor for planning, budgeting and policy analysis from 1998 to 2001.[6] In 1999 she was appointment executive vice chancellor. Hample was appointment as the chancellor of the Board in 2001, succeeding Adam Herbert for whom she served as the executive vice chancellor.[2] Her appointment came at the time when then Governor Jeb Bush's plans to overhaul the Florida educational system and allow each university to have its own board was approved by the Florida Legislature.[2] Hample worked with the regents and trustees to help with the transition.[2] She also served as the liaison to the state task force that studied the implementation of the educational system overhaul.[7] Hample was the last chancellor for the Board, attending the last meeting at the University of South Florida campus in May 2001.[8]

Hample joined the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in 2001, becoming only the 2nd chancellor in its 34-year history. She oversaw an annual operating budget of $1.8 billion with more than 12,000 faculty and staff for a system that oversaw the 109,000-student state university system.[9] Much of her work was centered at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She reported to an appointed Board of Governors and represented the system before the state capital. During her time as Chancellor, Hample implemented a budgeting system that linked performance improvement to funding in order to enforce accountability of school's use of state funding.[10] Her system was later adopted by approximately a third of state legislatures.[10] She left her position in 2007[11] and later joined the University of Mary Washington as its eighth president.

At the University of Mary Washington, Hample was the first female president in the history of the school. Hample became the third president in three years to leave the school's presidency. She resigned in the second year of her presidency after a closed door meeting with the Board of Visitors in February 2010.[12] Her tenure was not without controversy, including a state investigation into money Hample spent on the president's residence and testing a security-alarm during a campus safety walk.[13]


  1. ^ Bull, John M.R. (23 August 2001). "State college chief making diversity a top goal". Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Google News Archives. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Spencer, Terry (14 February 2001). "Florida university regents name Judy Hample next chancellor". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  3. ^ Branscome, Jeff (11 March 2008). "UMW hires its first female leader". Free Lance-Star Fredericksburg. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Simonich, Milan (16 July 2001). "Newsmaker Judy Hample: New boss of 14 state schools 'driven'". The Post-Gazette. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  5. ^ President's Biography, Dr. Judy G. Hample Archived 2010-06-27 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Florida International, FAMU law schools being assembled". Florida Bar News. HighBeam. 15 February 2001. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  7. ^ Humphrey, Joe (18 January 2001). "Regents tap replacement for Herbert". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Florida Board of Regents holds last meeting". Boca Raton News. Google News Archives. 25 May 2001. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  9. ^ Murphy, Jan (25 June 2007). "State system chancellor leaving". Penn Live. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  10. ^ a b McComb, CC (26 March 2014). "How Can Public Universities Balance Their Budgets Without Depending On Increased State Appropriations?". The Daily Globe. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  11. ^ "State education chancellor stepping down". Pittsburg Business Times. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Hample resigns as Mary Washington president". The Indiana Gazette. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Mary Washington president resigning after two years". Retrieved 2016-07-29.
Academic offices
Preceded by
William J. Frawley
8th President of the
University of Mary Washington

2008 – 2010
Succeeded by
Richard V. Hurley
Preceded by
James H. McCormick
2nd Chancellor of the
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

2001 – 2008
Succeeded by
John C. Cavanaugh
Preceded by
Adam Herbert
7th Chancellor of the
Florida Board of Regents

2001 – 2001
Succeeded by
None, Board defunct