Beverly Allen Richardson, Ph.D.,

Provost, James Kerney Campus

Mercer County Community College

 

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 of Columbia. 

 

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, Virginia.  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 J.P. Morgan/Chase. 

 

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,” Richardson said.