Rollin C. Richmond
Rollin C. Richmond

Dr. Rollin C. Richmond

Humboldt State University

Office of the President


Following a distinguished career as a faculty member, researcher in evolutionary biology, and academic administrator, Rollin C. Richmond was appointed the sixth president of Humboldt State University in 2002. Since his appointment, Humboldt State has gained recognition as a student-centered, diverse, and sustainable university which serves as an important community and economic hub.

Richmondís research focus is in the areas of the genetic mechanisms of evolution and the genetic bases for the effects of psychoactive drugs. He has won numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, published over 80 articles in his field, and has presented his research findings internationally.

Richmondís campus and community involvements include service on the boards of the Long Island Technology Incubator while at SUNY Stony Brook, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida, and local United Way efforts in Florida, New York, Iowa and California. His honors include fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia), the University of South Florida Presidentís Award for Outstanding Performance and Enhancement of Affirmative Action in Higher Education, and an honorary doctorate from Georgia Agrarian State University.

Academic Experience

President, Humboldt State University, 2002 to date.

Provost and Professor of Zoology and Genetics, Iowa State University, 1999-2002.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1995-99.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology, University of South Florida, 1990-95.

Chair, Department of Biology, Indiana University, 1982-87.

Professor of Biology, Indiana University, 1981-90.

Associate Professor, Indiana University, 1975-81.

Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 1970-74.

Associate Professor of Genetics while on leave from Indiana University, North Carolina State University, 1976.


Ph.D., Genetics, The Rockefeller University, New York
A.B., Zoology, San Diego State University