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About Michael.Richards

The Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Michael D. Richards in May 2008 as the eighth permanent President of the College of Southern Nevada, where he supports the College’s mission to create an educated and diverse workforce for Southern Nevada. Dr. Richards came to CSN in 2005 as the vice president for academic affairs, leaving his position as associate provost at Southern Utah University after 23 years. While at SUU, he also had the positions of vice president for planning and technology, vice president for university affairs and associate professor of business. He began his career in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in Alabama, and in the mid-1970s was on the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He brings a wealth of collegiate and business, four-year and two-year institutional experience to the College. He has taught English and management courses and has developed a record of scholarship through publications and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy (1970) from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a Master of Arts in English from Utah State University (1972) and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver (1979). The Board of Regents appointed Dr. Richards as interim president of CSN in August 2007 after the departure of President Richard Carpenter (2004-2007). The regents then selected Dr. Richards for the permanent position following a national search by the ad hoc CSN President Search Committee. As President of the College, Dr. Richards is responsible for 2,274 employees, approximately 43,000 students and a budget of more than $130 million.

November Chronicle

I have much information to share with the CSN family this November as we prepare for the holiday season.

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May Chronicle

This May Chronicle is intended to provide you with the latest news and information as the academic year comes to an end.  Many of you will be gone from our campuses when the Legislature finalizes our budget and acts on … Continue reading

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Budget Update

Good morning, As the budget process continues in Carson City, I felt an update to each of you was in order so you know what is happening. Last Friday, the Nevada Senate and Assembly held their respective hearings on the … Continue reading

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March Chronicle

The CSN Chronicle Greetings and welcome to The CSN Chronicle for March 2011.  Spring semester this year is unusually busy and the Legislature continues its deliberations. Work Climate Survey Survey results are summarized here for your information.  The committee, chaired … Continue reading

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CSN’s Budget Cut Plan

Today, I presented the following budget plan to the Board of Regents. This is a more-detailed version of what we have communicated in the past. I hope you will review this document. Continue reading

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Budget and Scenario Update

Colleagues,  Today I met with students during a town hall to discuss the budget. I would like to share with you some of the information discussed. As a clearer picture begins to surface about what CSN is facing this legislative … Continue reading

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Executive Budget Proposal’s Impact on CSN

This morning’s RJ includes an excellent article by Richard Lake on how the proposed cuts to higher education are calculated, how tuition at four-year institutions might be raised, and other reactions to the governor’s executive budget recommendations. I thought, however, you might like to know more about the impact on CSN.

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January Chronicle

Greetings, Happy New Year and welcome to The CSN Chronicle for January 2011.  Much will be happening this year as CSN celebrates its 40th year of service, as a new governor assumes responsibility, and as a new legislative session begins.  … Continue reading

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December Cabinet Minutes

Cabinet Notes December 13, 2010  Cabinet Members: President Mike Richards Vartouhi Asherian, Chair, Administrative Faculty Assembly John Bearce, Director of Institutional Research K.C. Brekken, Communications Director Thomas Brown, Chief Campus Administrator, Cheyenne Art Byrd, Vice President, Student Affairs – absent   … Continue reading

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December Chronicle

Thanks to the tireless work of Drs. Hyla Winters, Patti Castro, Darren Divine, and the faculty in the Ralph & Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences, CSN received approval from the Board of Regents for two new Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, one in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and the other in Cardio-respiratory Sciences This is great news for our community, which lost the CLS program at UNLV due to funding reductions and the state, which has no other accredited four-year program in cardio-respiratory. Continue reading

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