Beverly Allen Richardson, Ph.D.,
Provost, James Kerney Campus
Dr. Beverly Allen Richardson is Provost for Mercer
County Community College’s
James Kerney Campus.
Since 1990 she has provided campus leadership, ensuring liaison with the
community, assessing and filling resource needs, maintaining positive public
relations and overseeing the evaluation of all campus staff, programs and
services. Dr. Richardson is also
responsible for grant and other funding for this Trenton-based urban campus. She has raised two million dollars annually
over the past five years. Richardson
began her career at the college 23 years ago.
A third generation Bostonian, Dr. Richardson arrived at
Mercer County Community College after serving as an Admissions and Financial
Aid Counselor at Massachusetts College of Art, a Financial Aid Officer at
Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and an Associate Dean at
Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.
She was a Woodrow Wilson Administrative Fellow in 1980 and served as
Assistant to the Executive Vice President of the University of the District
After completing her doctoral thesis on community colleges
in Massachusetts, she set out to
find one for herself -- a path that led to Mercer
County Community College. Richardson
said “I wanted to be with students who needed me more. I strongly believe in
the philosophy of the community college, and educational access for all.”
After five years as Dean for Student Services at Mercer’s
West Windsor Campus, Richardson was
asked to revitalize the James Kerney Campus. Eighteen years into the job, she says she is
still energized by what she does and whom she serves. She says all of her 3,000 students are highly
motivated, and the college’s committed, dedicated staff and faculty members
make a difference in their students’ lives every day.
In addition to her administrative work, Dr. Richardson has
been an adjunct faculty member in liberal arts and business for more than 20
years. She believes it is important for
an administrator to experience the classroom.
In the fall of 2004 she taught a course in the sociology of education.
Following the lead of the college’s president, Dr. Robert
Rose, Richardson is very active in
community activities. She serves as chairwoman
of the Children’s Futures Initiative, a Robert Wood Johnson effort to insure
that children from birth through age three are healthy and ready to learn. She is on the executive board of a Heritage
Tourism Project, is past chair of the Middle States College Board Regional
Council, and is a member of Mayor Palmer’s Youth Advocacy Cabinet.
Dr. Richardson earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education
Administration from Boston College,
her Masters of Art in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Urban Education
at Simmons College
in Boston and her B.A. in Sociology
from Norfolk State
University in Norfolk,
She has received many awards and honors.
Most recently she received the Metropolitan Trenton African American
Chamber of Commerce’s Education Award (2003); the Omega Psy
Phi Fraternity’s Crystal Award (2003); the Mercer County Cherish the Children
Recognition (2003); and the Zeta Phi Beta Woman of the Year for Outstanding
Service Award (2004).
Dr. Richardson takes pride in the accomplishments of her
family, starting with her parents Doris and William, who always stressed the
importance of education, leadership, excellence and giving back to the
community. One of her fondest moments in
childhood was the family’s involvement in Brownie and Girl Scout activities,
particularly when selling the cookies.
Her husband Albert is six years into a new and exciting
career as an R.N. for emergency room services.
She is very proud of her two daughters, Dara
and Erika, and son-in-law Kevin. Erika
is a sophomore honor student, Hinman CEO Fellow and
College Park Scholar at the University
of Maryland. Dara is a
successful marketing representative for Ortho-McNeil, a company of Johnson
& Johnson and son-in law Kevin is a Small Business Relationship Manager for
Education has been an often-chosen career in her
family. Her sister is Dean of the
Evening Program at Gibbs College,
and seven cousins are educators. “I
believe that education is the key to opening doors, to opening minds and opening
hearts. Learning empowers and frees one,”