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Message on the passing of Carroll Hardy

Provost Michael R. Halleran sent the following message to the campus community on Nov. 30, 2012 - Ed.

Dear Colleagues:

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Dr. Carroll F.S. Hardy, who served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at William & Mary from 1990-1992.  Dr. Hardy or “Dean Hardy” as she was lovingly called by her students, joined the College in 1980 as Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, and served in several different capacities, including Associate Dean of Students for Minority and Commuting Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Through her public service, as well as her private educational consulting practice, Dean Hardy mentored, cajoled and inspired thousands of high school and undergraduate students to complete their secondary, post-secondary and graduate degrees.  Dr. Hardy implored her charges to be servant leaders in their communities, places of employ and houses of worship. She was part mentor, part parent, part comedian and always a trusted confidant and friend.  She was the subject of two major publications: an article entitled “Success Strategies for Minorities” by Joseph Berger appeared in the Sunday supplement of the New York Times, August 7, 1988 and an article by Wallace Terry, “She Helps Make Winners,” was published in the Parade Magazine on May 27, 1990.

In 1995, Dean Hardy resigned from the College of William & Mary, and with her three brothers and three sisters, helped to form The Stuart Educational Leadership Group, Inc.  Under this umbrella, Dr. Hardy was able to extend and expand her vision for more than two decades. 

Please join us in extending our heartfelt condolences to her immediate family and extended community of students, colleagues, and loved ones.  A memorial service for Dr. Hardy will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, 3991 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA. 


Michael Halleran