Sunday, February 14, 2016


CSN President Michael Richards

Dr. Michael Richards is the president and CEO of the College of Southern Nevada. He joined CSN in July 2005 as Vice President for Academic Affairs, became interim president in 2007 and permanent president in May 2008 following a national search.   Prior to arriving at CSN, he was associate provost and associate professor of management at Southern Utah University where he served in various executive positions for 23 years. 

A Utah native, Dr. Richards received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Weber State University and Utah State University, respectively, and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Denver. 

Dr. Richards' commitment to access and student success is unparalleled. He works to improve pathways into higher education for people in the diversity community of Las Vegas, strengthen awareness of CSN’s role in serving the community, and give students the tools to accomplish their educational, career, and personal goals. 

Since arriving at CSN, Dr. Richards has enhanced the college's partnerships, working closely with 
regional business and industry, other institutions of higher education, and the Clark County School District. He champions the community college high school program, which gives students an opportunity to earn up to an associate degree by high school graduation, at CSN three campuses.

Dr. Richards is working to increase degree and certificate completion and transfer rates for all students, recognizing educational outcomes as among the many metrics that demonstrate student success. He also enhances CSN’s Division of Workforce and Economic Developments, its partnerships with state agencies and local industries to create an educated workforce for the 21st Century.

His professional associations include the American Association of Community Colleges and the recent Nevada Legislature’s interim committee on the funding of higher education. Dr. Richards is active in the community, serving on the regional economic development steering committee and as a member of the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. 

Dr. Richards and his wife, Jan, have been married for more than 42 years, and they have five daughters and seven grandchildren. Dr. Richards enjoys reading, golf—at least once a year, and spending time with his family.