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President's biography

President Richardson announced his retirement at a board of trustees meeting Jan. 19. He will retire June 30, 2022. Read the official news release and personal statement.

About Dr. Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson, presidentDr. Jim Richardson became president at Wenatchee Valley College in July 2005. He came to the Wenatchee Valley from West Burlington, Iowa, where he was president of Southeastern Community College (SCC). He has worked in higher education since 1976.

Richardson has 45 years of experience in higher education. He served as president of the Washington Association of Community and Technical College's (WACTC) Board of Presidents for 2015-16, and past president for 2016-17. The WACTC is the organization of community and technical college presidents, which includes 37 chancellors and presidents from the 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state.

Richardson also served as a college readiness commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges representing almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 13 million students.

Locally, Richardson served as a board member with the North Central Washington Workforce Development Board, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary and president of the Numerica Performing Arts Center.

Prior to WVC, he spent four years as president at SCC, was provost for student and academic affairs at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Calmar campus, and was dean of general education and academic development at Gateway Technical College’s Racine campus in Wisconsin.

He served as an academic coordinator and taught speech, English and American culture at Daejeon Junior College in South Korea. He taught speech for three years at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, Wash., where he was voted Teacher of the Year by the student government and was selected as an exchange professor to Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. He also taught in the communication skills department at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Wisconsin.

While serving as SCC’s president, Richardson was also president of the Iowa Association of Community College Presidents and chair of its legislative committee. In addition, he was the association’s liaison to One Source Training, a statewide organization that he helped form to bring consistent training curriculum to companies with a variety of locations within Iowa.

Richardson earned his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn. He has a master of arts in speech from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor of arts in communications from Winona State University.