At the end of October 2011 the tech industry was abuzz. The issue: inequality and racism. The reason: CNN with Soledad O'Brien released a video clip of their upcoming special Black in America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley, in which venture capitalist Michael Arrington had a difficult time trying to name one African American entrepreneur.
Richard is currently the Dean, Learning Commons at Dallas College where provides leadership for Dallas College’s Learning Commons which encompasses a team of more than 100 full and 50+ part-time staff in the areas of library services, instructional computing, tutoring, learning centers and library technology team.
Previously he was the Assistant Dean of the Learning Commons at Cuyahoga Community College at the Metropolitan Campus where he planned, directed, and oversaw the objectives and priorities of the Learning Commons (Library Services, Media Services and Campus Academic Technology) and campus based Academic Support Services (Tutoring Center, ALEKS & Math Success program, and Testing Center). He provided a strong focus on supporting student learning through working collaboratively with academic divisions, tutoring and library/learning commons faculty and personnel to establish and implement systems to improve student achievement and retention.
A 2020 Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Institute: Cleveland Leadership Center, which engages leaders across the career continuum to learn about and work to address complex community issues, and inspired by the Legacy of Carl and Louis Stokes policy areas: Education - Health - Housing - Public Safety - Workforce Development.
Richard is a fellow with the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, 2015 Fellow (http://lmiexperience.org), and the Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program, 2010-2011 Communications Fellow in the Division of Science. (http://diversity.harvard.edu/pages/fellowship)
Richard holds a B.A. in Social Science (DePaul University), M.A. in History (Chicago State University), and M.S. in Library and Information Science (University of Illinois-Urbana). Richard's previous positions are based in administration, technology, Library & Information Science, and the management of people in academia. Some of the positions previously held are, Director Information Systems & Technical Services, Director of Learning & Instructional Services, and Assistant Director of Library Information Systems. Through his varied experiences he acquired skills in all phases of administration, managing information and people, including, budgeting, assessment, and supervision.
Specialties: Student Support, Libraries, information systems, research, higher education administration, diversity in technology, challenging the current models of thinking, leadership, mentoring and musing.