Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, is the tenth president of Regis College, a Catholic university in Greater Boston with more than 2,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.
With nursing degrees from Boston College and Boston University and a doctorate from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, President Hays is a prominent voice in global health policy, gerontology, and interdisciplinary higher education.
In more than three decades of teaching at Regis before her appointment as president in July 2011, Dr. Hays was the founding dean of the Richard and Sheila Young School of Nursing. In 2019, she was named a Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing by the American Nurses Association.
She guided the university’s development of a strategic graduate focus on health care, and Regis has been named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third consecutive time. Under President Hays’ leadership, the university established two additional schools, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business and Communication, which join the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Nursing.
In spring 2017, Hays oversaw the launch of a $40-million comprehensive campaign. Phase one of the university’s master plan was completed in 2015 and included the construction of a new residence hall, quad and library renovations that include a learning commons and Dunkin’ Donuts.
President Hays also launched Regis North, a satellite campus that provides bachelor-degree completion programs and other educational and economic opportunities to students in the Merrimack Valley. In the spring of 2017, Regis launched its partnership with Pearson to provide online programs. The university’s online program has enrolled more than a thousand students worldwide and its nursing graduate program was ranked 16th nationally.
Her energy and compassion have also driven the successful development and funding of the Regis Haiti Project to educate Haitian nursing faculty. She currently serves on the boards of Partners In Health; Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton, MA; the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts; the Association of Colleges of the Sisters of St. Joseph; the Lawrence Partnership; and Health eVillages. She is an active member of the National Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the National Council of Independent Colleges.
She has been honored with numerous awards including the Thomas F. and Mary J. Shields Founders Award from Trinity Catholic Academy. Under Hays’ leadership, Regis College was named one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts in 2018.
President Hays and her husband, John Przybylski, MD, have three adult children and two granddaughters.