Cheryl Richards

Charlotte, Regional Dean and CEO

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Phone: 980.224.8467

Cheryl Richards oversees Northeastern University in Charlotte, which offers more than 50 programs including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctorates and certificates. She recently launched the university’s Corporate Talent Solutions providing customized solutions for employee learning and professional development.

She is a recognized community leader serving multiple terms on the Charlotte Chamber’s Executive Committee and currently is on the boards of Apparo, Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, Patriots Path and Progressive AE. Past board involvement includes MeckEd, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Women United, and Women Executives.

Richards has been honored as a Most Admired CEO, twice as one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women and in 2014 was named Woman of the Year by the Mecklenburg Times. The Charlotte Business Journal has recognized her as a 40 Under Forty leader and a Top 25 Women in Business. A frequent presenter and speaker, she has guest hosted Carolina Business Review and appeared in BizWomen’s national webcast.

Richards holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education, and a PhD in leadership for higher education. She is married and raising a high school sophomore and seventh-grader who are both accomplished in academic studies and competitive sports.

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