SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with former President F.C. Richardson, 1989-1996


Interview with former President F.C. Richardson, 1989-1996


F.C. Richardson


Mary Delmont


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F.C. Richardson (born 1937) served as a president of Buffalo State College, from July 1, 1989 to January 1, 1996 and, following that, as chancellor of Indiana University Southeast from 1996 to 2002. Richardson was the first college president of African American heritage at Buffalo State. Richardson grew up in Tennessee and earned his baccalaureate degree from Rust College, his master's degree from Atlanta University, now known as Clark Atlanta University, and his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Prior to becoming the leader of two higher educational institutions, Richardson was vice president for academic affairs at both Minnesota State University Moorhead and Jackson State University. While Richardson was president at Buffalo State College he created the positions of provost and vice president for institutional advancement at the college, and opened the college's Sports Arena in 1991.

Richardson focused on creating and implementing new student programs while at Buffalo State. Some of those programs included the Freshman First Year Experience, a variety of programs that were designed to introduce new students to college study and which were recognized with national awards; the implementation of a master's degree program that led to a multidisciplinary degree in environmental studies of the Great Lakes; and the college's participation in Project Connect, an innovative communications network that connected the college with classrooms in area high schools.


SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Interview with former President F.C. Richardson, 1989-1996