Chancellor's Biography

Dr. Richard Cummins, WGU Washington Chancellor

Chancellor Cummins Dr. Richard Cummins became WGU Washington's chancellor in April 2017. He had previously served as president of Columbia Basin College since 2008.

While at Columbia Basin College (CBC), Cummins led the development of a number of programs, including bachelor’s degrees, that expanded access to higher education programs in the Tri-Cities area. He worked closely with other community college leaders in the state to develop and implement competency-based courses and programs based on the WGU model.

“Rich Cummins is well known in Washington as a higher education innovator who has leveraged data to improve student success,” said WGU President Scott D. Pulsipher. “His ability to build partnerships that benefit students, graduates, and the community will enable WGU Washington to continue its growth and success throughout the state.”

Cummins joined CBC as a faculty member in 1990. During his time at CBC, he served as dean, vice president of instruction, executive vice president, and acting president before being appointed president in 2008. In addition, Cummins has been a Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 2014. He earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.

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