Westminster Extends Contract of College President

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.  – The contract of Westminster College President Kathy Brittain Richardson has been extended through June 2027 in a unanimous decision by the board of trustees.

Jeffrey A. McCandless, chairman of the trustees, cited the stability of the college under Richardson.

“Stability in the leadership is a key ingredient in the success of any organization, and Dr. Richardson has brought tremendous stability over the past six years, particularly during the recent COVID years,” McCandless said. 


Richardson developed and implemented a vision for the college “that will be highly effective in dealing with the unprecedented changes and challenges in higher education,” McCandless said.

The trustees believe that the college will benefit over the next five years from “the introduction of new programs, increased enrollment, internal and external stakeholder engagement, positive financial results, and increased size of our endowment,” McCandless said.

Richardson has served as Westminster’s 15th president since July 2016. During her tenure, the college has seen the completion of more than $40 million in campus improvements, including the renovation and expansion of the Hoyt Science Center; the addition of three new athletic fields; renovations in the Memorial Field House and Wallace Memorial Chapel; significant upgrades throughout several residence halls; and replacement of the campus wifi network.

New degree programs in nursing, environmental studies, marketing and professional sales, music technology, sports management, and a Master of Business Administration program have been added to the curriculum.

Richardson serves on the board of directors of the Lawrence County Regional Chamber, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. 

She recently was recognized in City and State Pennsylvania magazine’s 2022 Higher Education Power 100.

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