Richard A. Pfau

r pfauRichard Pfau, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, knows higher education from the perspectives of student, professor, and leader. A graduate of Hamilton, he taught at Dickinson, served as Provost of Emory & Henry, and held the presidencies of both Illinois College and Averett, which named him President Emeritus in 2008. After moving to upstate New York, he taught at Hartwick College, and was a Lecturer in History at the State University of New York at Albany.

After earning his PhD in U.S. Diplomatic History at the University of Virginia, Rick published articles and books on national security policy, the Atomic Energy Commission, and U.S. relations with Iran. He shares his expertise on Islam, Iran and the Middle East through frequent appearances on WAMC, the national public radio station in Albany, New York.

Rick brings to the search process his on-the-job experience with the special nature and particular challenges of leadership in higher education. During his 15 years as a college president, he held the full portfolio of executive responsibilities – working with the Board, raising money, selecting and developing vice presidents, managing financial and physical resources, and setting a guiding vision. He is a Vietnam-era veteran.

Rick joined Collegiate Counsel in 2012. He and his wife Nancy live in Sharon Springs, New York.