Lynne D. Richardson, Iona College
Lynne Richardson is dean of the LaPenta School of Business at Iona College (NY). Previously, she served as dean of the Colleges of Business at the University of Mary Washington (VA), Mississippi State University, and Ball State University. She began her career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a marketing professor. Lynne holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Alabama. Active in her communities, Lynne is a three-time Rotarian, has served on United Way Boards in two communities, and has been a leader in United Way campaigns in two communities. She also served as president of the Birmingham American Marketing Association and was a Girl Scout leader in three councils. Lynne has been a board member for both a hospital and a publicly traded bank. In 2003 she founded and continues to facilitate AACSB’s Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar. She has served two nonconsecutive three-year terms as a member of the AACSB International Board of Directors and served on the Beta Gamma Sigma Board of Governors. She has served AACSB as chair of the Small Schools Network and Women Administrators in Management Education affinity groups. Lynne has served on 25+ peer review teams for AACSB and has currently an institution seeking AACSB initial accreditation. In 2018, under her leadership, the University of Mary Washington’s College of Business received initial AACSB accreditation. In recent years she has been leading strategic planning sessions for business schools, helping schools in the early stages of accreditation figure out their paths, and coaching university administrators. Lynne has been married to Woody, a retired strategy professor, for 30+ years; they have three adult children who are all independent! Woody has retired to Gulf Shores, Alabama, where he can fish every day. He and Lynne are doing the commuter-thing for the next several years.