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Tarleton names Rick Richardson as Vice President for Institutional Advancement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2009

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS—Dr. Rick Richardson was appointed Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA) for Tarleton State University at The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents meeting held March 26 and 27. His appointment is effective April 1.

Richardson will replace Dr. Koy Floyd, who served as Tarleton’s inaugural VPIA, a role he held for the last 16 years.

“I have known Dr. Richardson for a number of years and have the utmost admiration and respect for him, both as an individual and as a professional colleague,” Floyd said. “Dr. Richardson has spent his career in Texas and understands both public and private university operations. I am confident he will prove to be an excellent addition to Tarleton’s new leadership team and the Tarleton family.”

Following a nationwide search, a committee reviewed 16 applications and conducted campus interviews with two candidates. The search committee unanimously recommended Richardson as the top candidate.

As VPIA, Richardson will provide strategic direction, vision and management of Tarleton’s overall institutional advancement efforts, including fundraising and capital campaigns, community and public relations, alumni relations and marketing.

Richardson received his associate’s degree from Del Mar College, bachelor’s and Juris doctorate degree from Baylor University, master’s from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and doctorate from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

He previously served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and as Executive Director of Development, Planned Giving and Foundation Relations at TAMU-Corpus Christi. Richardson has also taught on the university level and served as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service.

Richardson currently runs Richardson Philanthropy Consulting where he provides specialized strategic services in the areas of advancement management, annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns and more.

He has been married to his wife, Melanie, for 30 years and the couple has two children—Scott, 25, and Laura, 20.
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