New Vice President for Student Life Appointed
David Richardson, Jr. Begins His Duties in July
Walla Walla University President John McVay has announced the appointment of David Richardson, Jr. as WWU's new vice president for student life and mission. Richardson, who lives in Riverside, Calif., will begin his duties on July 1.
In this position, Richardson will oversee all areas of student residential life, including housing, spiritual and social extracurricular programs, food services, student government, counseling, and health services.
Richardson comes to WWU after five years with Concorde Career Colleges, an institution with 15 campuses across the U.S. Most recently, Richardson was regional director of student affairs, overseeing student services on seven campuses, including the areas of career services, learning resource center, military and veterans’ support services, disability services, student government, and other student-focused areas. He began his time at Concorde College serving as director of student affairs for the campus in San Bernardino, Calif.
“Dr. Richardson brings energy, verve, and a passion for excellence to his new role,” says John McVay, WWU president. “He possesses valuable experience in linking student life outside of the classroom with success in the classroom and personifies a rock solid commitment to the mission of Seventh-day Adventist higher education. We look forward to the contributions he will make to Walla Walla University.”
Richardson is also a pastor and evangelist, serving the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in church growth and evangelism since 1993. His youth work includes leading a youth committee that focuses on secondary and post-secondary students to help them develop strategies for the successful completion of educational, spiritual health and workforce goals.
Before his current roles, Richardson was a counselor and instructor at Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif., and a physical education instructor at Oakwood College Academy in Huntsville, Ala.
Richardson holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Argosy University, and a master’s degree in counseling from University of Phoenix. He is also a 1995 graduate of Andrews University, earning his master of divinity degree. He also received his undergraduate degree in 1993 from Oakwood University in physical education with a minor in religion.
Richardson replaces George Bennett, who has been serving as interim vice president for the past year.
Richardson will move to the Walla Walla Valley with his wife, Melanie, who is a speech-language pathologist by profession. His sons, Brandon and Jaylin, will attend school in the Walla Walla area this fall.