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October 24, 2007


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ Dr. Oswald Richards, chairman and associate professor in the Department of Business and Information Technology, will serve as a Faculty Resource Network Scholar-in-Residence, becoming the first Lincoln University faculty member to serve in this capacity at New York University (NYU).

As a network scholar, Dr. Richards will have access to many NYU’s academic resources, where he will conduct scholarly research and work with professors who are experts in their fields.

“This program will give me an opportunity to enhance my scholarly skills in research and publication,” said Dr. Richards, who begins the one semester program in January.  “It will also help me to transfer my various skills to my colleagues and the students at New York University.”

Guided by the common lament among faculty that the presence of time for uninterrupted, focused, independent research is a much-limited resource, the visiting scholar programs offer Network faculty an opportunity to come to New York University to engage in scholarly work. Participants in the program spend either a semester-long sabbatical or a month-long summer residency engaging in research, revising and developing curricula, and producing manuscripts for publication.

Dr. Richards has served and continues to serve in leading roles in his professional career.  He also serves as the director of the Master of Science in Administration program at the Graduate Center campus in Philadelphia. Prior to his transition to academia, he was employed as a senior banking and financial services executive at PNC Bank of Delaware and Pennsylvania; Riggs National Bank of Washington, D. C.; Bank of America of Maryland and Legg Mason of Maryland, a global asset management and investment firm.

In addition to Dr. Richards’s extensive background in information technology and computer programming, he has broad corporate executive leadership and management expertise in many areas, including trust, investment management and brokerage industries; mergers and acquisitions; conversions and integration; management consulting; project management; job re-engineering; product marketing; strategic management; and information technology and systems analysis. 

Dr. Richards holds a graduate banking diploma from the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor of science in finance and banking, master of science in management, master of business administration in finance and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Richards also has completed advanced faculty development training at New York University, SAP (systems in applications and products in data processing) Institute in Pennsylvania and other locations, and the New York Stock Exchange.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.

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