L. Song Richardson Will Be the Next President of Colorado College

The board of trustees of Colorado College has chosen L. Song Richardson as the fourteenth president of educational institution. When she takes on her new job on July 1, she will be the first woman of color to lead the college.

Colorado College, is a highly rated liberal arts institution with enrollments of about 2,100 students, according to the latest data furnished by the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up just 3 percent of the student body.

Richardson, who is of African American and Korean descent, currently is the dean and chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. When she was appointed to that post in January 2018, she was the only woman of color to lead a top-30 law school. Earlier, she was senior associate dean for academic affairs at the law school.

Richard stated that “I never dreamed that I would be leaving UCI Law. But then I was introduced to Colorado College. Everything about CC resonated with me. The more I learned, the more intrigued I was by this community of innovative changemakers and problem-solvers. I am honored to join CC and the Colorado Springs community, and look forward to building a bright future together.”

Dean Richardson is a graduate of Harvard University and earned a juris doctorate at Yale Law School.

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