Dr. Earl S. Richardson is president emeritus, distinguished professor, and senior research associate at Morgan State University. He served as president from 1984 to 2010.
Richardson is a graduate of Maryland State College (University of Maryland Eastern Shore) and University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in social science in 1965, M.S. in educational administration in 1973, and an Ed.D in educational administration in 1976.
Dr. Richardson has over 45 years of experience in Maryland Higher Education. Throughout his career, he has held various executive level positions at Morgan State University, University System of Maryland, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
During his 26 years at Morgan State University, he expanded the university from a small liberal arts institution to a doctoral urban research university campus. The operating budget also grew, and student enrollment doubled.
Dr. Richardson held a chair for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Board at the peak of his career. President Bill Clinton also appointed him to serve as head of his White House Advisory Board for HBCUs around this time.
Many organizations have recognized Dr. Richardson for his contributions. President Barack Obama recognized him for outstanding service to American Higher Education. He received the Maryland Senate prestigious Citizenship Award and honorary doctorates from Bennett College, the University of Maryland eastern Shore, and Morgan State University.