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Regent University Names William L. Hathaway, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 17, 2021) – Today, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, founder, chancellor, and CEO of Regent University, announced that the university has appointed William L. Hathaway, Ph.D. to the role of executive vice president for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2021.

“Dr. Hathaway is a distinguished leader with remarkable experience who has a strong and compelling vision for Regent University and for the importance of high-quality, Christ-centered education in the world today,” said Dr. Robertson. “I look forward to working with Dr. Hathaway as we continue to deliver top-ranked educational programs to equip Christian leaders with the knowledge, character, and skills to impact the world.”

An accomplished administrator, Dr. Hathaway has served as dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling, interim dean of the College of Healthcare Sciences, and as a faculty member at Regent. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University, and a B.A. in Psychology/Philosophy of Religion from Taylor University. Dr. Hathaway is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and conducted his post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Dr. Hathaway served his country as a captain in the United States Air Force for seven years. During a tenure in Germany, he supervised counseling interns for the University of Maryland’s Master’s program in Professional Counseling, and instructed practicum and other counseling courses. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, including the U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions held in Washington, D.C. in 2019. Hathaway also serves on the editorial board for publications including Psychology of Religion & Spirituality, Spiritualty in Clinical Practice, and Journal of Mind & Behavior.

As a well-respected scholar and distinguished leader in academia, clinical psychology and behavioral science, Dr. Hathaway’s professional associations include:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Psychological Association
    • 1: Society of General Psychology
    • 6: Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology
    • 12: Clinical Psychology
    • 13: Consulting Psychology
    • 19: Society for Military Psychology
    • 24: Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology         
    • 36: Psychology of Religion
    • 53: Clinical Child Psychology
  • American Conference of Academic Deans
  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies
  • ABCT Spirituality & Religious Issues Special Interest Group
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Christian Association of Psychological Studies
  • International Society for Research on Emotions
  • International Association for a Cognitive Science of Religion
  • Society for Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Hathaway, who joined Regent’s faculty in 1997, remarked, “I have thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility and privilege of training future psychologists and counselors, and I am deeply humbled and honored to now serve as executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Regent is the ideal community of Christian scholars in which students can pursue passions for lifelong learning and Christian service. I am eager to continue championing Regent’s world-class, Christ-centered education to advance the mission of Christian Leadership to Change the World.”


About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University, ranked among top national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.