President's Bio

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.

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 has a 100 percent high school graduation rate and gives high school students an opportunity to earn up to an associate degree at CSN’s three campuses.

He has worked to promote CSN among Southern Nevada’s many diverse communities to reduce achievement gaps and disparities as well as increase scholarships and financial aid for low-income students. Under his tenure, CSN has become a Minority Serving Institution and the first Hispanic Serving Institution in Nevada.

Dr. Richards is working to increase degree and certificate completion and transfer rates for all students, recognizing these educational outcomes as among the many metrics that demonstrate student success. He also has enhanced CSN's Division of Workforce and Economic Development and 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 Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Richards and his wife, Jan, have been married for more than 40 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.