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Denise Richardson

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Denise Richardson has been appointed Acting Vice President of Instruction at Merritt College as of March 2, 2020. She is an experienced community college educator dedicated to maximizing student success and improving institutional effectiveness in support of the diverse and extraordinary students served by the Peralta Community College District. Denise comes to Merritt from Laney College where she has served as the Dean of Math and Sciences since August, 2013. Prior to becoming an administrator she taught Political Science for 12 years and held key faculty leadership positions, including Social Sciences Cluster Chair and Faculty Senate President. Denise considers it a privilege and an honor to work in a profession that so closely aligns with her passion for equity and social justice.

Denise is currently completing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Previously, she earned a M.A. Degree in Educational Leadership, also at Mills, a M.A. Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. Degree in Communications from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.