Dr. Michael D. Richards


Biography:

Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Michael D. Richards in May 2008 as the eighth permanent President of the College of Southern Nevada, where he supports the College’s mission to create opportunities and change lives through access to quality teaching, services, and experiences that enrich our diverse community.

Dr. Richards came to CSN in 2005 as the vice president for academic affairs, leaving his position as associate provost at Southern Utah University after 23 years. While at SUU, he also had the positions of vice president for planning and technology, vice president for university affairs and associate professor of business.

He began his career in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in Alabama, and in the mid-1970s was on the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He brings a wealth of collegiate and business, four-year and two-year institutional experience to CSN. He has taught English and management courses and has developed a record of scholarship through publications and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences.

Dr. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy (1970) from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a Master of Arts in English from Utah State University (1972) and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver (1979).

As President of CSN, Dr. Richards is responsible for more than 2,000 employees, approximately 67,000 unique credit and non-credit students per year and a budget of more than $130 million.

Dr. Richards has written the foreword for The Consumer Learner.

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