Richmond President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lawrence Abeln, has announced that a new Chair of the University Board of Trustees has been appointed, Dr Richard Resch, following the news that Dr. E. Nicholas Tate CBE will be stepping down from the position and as a Trustee from 1 September.

Professor Abeln said, “Dr Nicholas Tate has worked tirelessly for the University for the last eight years, the past two as Chair. He demonstrated with each committee meeting strong leadership, a professionalism and commitment to the students, faculty and staff. As Chair, he very much showed how much he cared about all members of the community and the future of University. His dedication, energy, and stewardship will be missed by the Board as well as members of the Executive, and I would like to wish him all the best for the future on their behalf.”

Dr Richard Resch, who will become the new Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1 September, was previously Provost of Richmond as well as the Provost of the American University of Rome. Dr Resch commented, “The key elements for me taking on this role are that I have spent my life and career crossing cultures. I believe deeply in Richmond’s mission and ethos and I am committed to Richmond’s continued development and growth.”

Professor Abeln welcomed Dr Resch to the position, saying, “Dr Resch has been a Trustee of the University for three years so he has a very thorough understanding and care for Richmond. On behalf of all the faculty and staff at Richmond, I’d like to wish Dr Resch a warm welcome as Chair and look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

The Board of Trustees serves as an important part of the University’s governance process and now includes seven subcommittees related to key areas as well as representatives of faculty and staff. Members serve voluntarily and commit their time, ideas and insights for the benefit of the University and work closely with the Executive.