BA Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, MBA PhD Chicago
Dr Richardson was President and Chief Executive Officer of the W K Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, 1995-2005.
Before joining the Foundation in August 1995, Dr Richardson was President of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, a position he had held since 1990. In addition, Dr Richardson was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the university.
Dr Richardson was Executive Vice-President and Provost of The Pennsylvania State University from 1984 to 1990; from 1981 to 1984 he was Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research of the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr Richardson has been active with numerous foundations, non-profit institutions, and the corporate and public sectors. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Public Health Association. He has served on the boards of the Council of Michigan Foundations (trustee and chairman). He also serves on the boards of directors of the Kellogg Company, CSX Corporation, and The Bank of New York. He served as Chair of the Committee on Quality of Health Care in America for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
Dr Richardson was born in Passaic, New Jersey. He graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, with a bachelor’s degree in history. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Center for Health Administration Studies, Graduate School of Business, in 1964, and a doctorate from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, in 1971.
Richardson, W.C.: Improving Philanthropy: A Case for Greater Accountability and More Transparency, Independent Sector Memo to Members – Perspectives April 2004
Richardson, W.C.: Non-Profit Leader Exclusive Interview with William Richardson, President and CEO of the WK Kellogg Foundation, Non-Profit Leader Newsletter April 2004
Lavizzo-Mourey, R.; Richardson, W.C.; Ross, R.K.; and Rowe, J.W.: A Tale of Two Cities, Health Affairs, 313-315 March /April 2005-Volume 24, Number 2)