Dr. Tina Q. Richardson

Dr. Richardson photo - Woman smiling, standing next to lion shrine
Chancellor, Chancellor's Office
Office Phone
Office Location
Lehigh Valley, 140
2809 Saucon Valley Rd
Center Valley, PA 18034

Dr. Tina Q. Richardson joined the Penn State family on July 15, 2015, as chancellor of the Lehigh Valley campus. Since that time her work has been focused on three main campus priorities: Academic Excellence, Campus Visibility, and Enrollment. Her notable achievements include a strong growth in total enrollment in her three years as chancellor; along with being the driving force behind an innovative partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC). Created in 2017, the Collective Impact Scholarship Fund benefits Lehigh Valley high school graduates who go on to attend LCCC or Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Dr. Richardson came to Penn State Lehigh Valley from Drexel University, where she served as associate dean of academic affairs at Drexel University’s School of Education.

As an associate dean at Drexel, she provided leadership related to academic program development and evaluation, faculty professional development, and the promotion and tenure process.

Dr. Richardson also served as director of the University Assisted School an effort to improve K-12 public education in West Philadelphia’s Promise Zone.

She has worked to secure millions of dollars in funding for in- and -out-of-school time programming and was the founder of Drexel’s Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series.

Dr. Richardson has been a resident of the Lehigh Valley for more than twenty-five years where she was a faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education for twenty years. Dr. Richardson was director of the counseling psychology program and a special assistant to the provost for a National Science Foundation-funded leadership initiative for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Her extensive leadership experience in education includes a fellowship with the American Council on Education, directing the Higher Education Resource Services Summer Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College; leading various study abroad and global citizenship programs; serving as fellow of the State University of New York Global Center for Collaborative Online International Learning initiative; serving as a Fulbright Hayes Scholar in Ghana, West Africa; and leading short programs abroad for K-16 educators. She is a member of the 2015-2016 class of American Council on Education Institute for New Presidents.

Dr. Richardson earned her bachelor’s in psychology, and master’s and doctorate in counseling psychology, all from the University of Maryland.

She also serves on the following boards: Building 21 Allentown Advisory Council; Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce - Board of Governors, as well as African American Business Leadership Council; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation - Education and Talent Supply Council; Lehigh Valley Partnership, as well as the Lehigh Valley Reads Steering Committee.

She was recently awarded the 2017 Take the Lead award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and the 2016 Education Excellence Award for her lifetime commitment to educational leadership by Lehigh County and Lehigh Valley My Brother’s Keeper.