Larry Richards served as interim chancellor of Indiana University East from June 2012 to July 2013. He was appointed to the position by Indiana University after former Chancellor Nasser Paydar, who is now the executive vice chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Richards, whose academic background is in engineering, business management and operations research, has served as vice chancellor and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at IU East since 2004. He returned as the executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs July 1, 2013.
Richards’ research interests include cybernetics and systems theory, policy-level decision making, and social design/change. He served as founding dean and professor in the School of Management and Aviation Science at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., and founding chair and professor in the Department of Engineering Management at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
He has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine, master’s degrees in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida and business administration from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in operations research from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has served as president of the American Society for Engineering Management and the American Society for Cybernetics. He received the Norbert Wiener Medal from the American Society for Cybernetics and was named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management.