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James Richardson B.S. ’70, J.D. ’76 has been named the new chair of the Board of Trustees of Lewis & Clark College. Richardson replaces Ronald Ragen, whose three-year term ended this spring.

“In Jim Richardson, we have a longtime leader in both the business and nonprofit worlds, and a double alumnus of Lewis & Clark, who has the skill, experience, and vision to lead the board,” says President Barry Glassner.

In his business career, Richardson currently serves on the boards of several companies, including two listed on NASDAQ and one private company. In previous roles, he has been a company board chair and independent lead director, and he has chaired audit, compensation, and corporate governance committees. Prior to 2001, Richardson spent 24 years as a senior financial and operating executive with five different high-tech companies. Before his business career, he practiced public accounting and law.

In his nonprofit pursuits, Richardson currently serves as a board member of St. Mary’s Academy and the Oregon Historical Society, and as a member of the Board of Visitors of Lewis & Clark Law School. He has served on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees since 2005.

In addition to his degrees from Lewis & Clark, Richardson holds an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. He has also attended Directors College at Stanford Law School.

Richardson and his wife, Gaye, reside in Portland. They have one daughter and one son, the latter a Lewis & Clark Law School graduate.

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