Columbus State Adds Another Endowed Chair to its Faculty Ranks

Michael D. RichardsonCOLUMBUS, GA – A new endowed professorial chair at Columbus State University has allowed CSU to add another nationally distinctive teacher to its faculty.

The Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chairs Trust is behind the university’s hiring of Michael D. Richardson to lead CSU’s doctoral program in educational leadership in the College of Education and Health Professions. Before coming to Columbus State, he held faculty and administrative appointments at Western Kentucky University, Clemson University, Georgia Southern University, Mercer University and Southeastern Louisiana University.

Richardson, now officially known as the Fuller E. Callaway Chair in Education Leadership, served as founding editor of the Journal of School Leadership, an internationally refereed journal of educational leadership, founding editor of Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership, and as editor of The Journal of At-Risk Issues. He has authored or edited 17 books, published more than 125 articles in professional journals, published more than 40 book chapters and made more than 250 presentations to state, regional, national and international professional organizations. He has chaired more than 85 dissertations and continues to actively collaboratively conduct research and write for publication. His current research areas are organizational theory, particularly resiliency of leaders, phenomenology, and the implications of technology for administrators.

Richardson has been a secondary and elementary principal, personnel director, coordinator of federal programs, and assistant superintendent before entering higher education. He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in education from Tennessee Technological University and earned his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Tennessee.

CSU President Tim Mescon said he was honored that the trust invited Columbus State University to apply this year, and delighted the funding request for Richardson was approved.

“Dr. Richardson’s impressive experience and expertise will be a true asset to Columbus state University, our doctoral program, and its students,” he said. “We are fortunate to have him on our staff, and we thank the Callaway trust for its support.”

Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Trust was established in 1968, by the Callaway Foundation, Inc. with the purpose of encouraging the enrichment of the academic program of senior colleges and graduate schools located in Georgia by providing funds for the establishment of professorial chairs at such institutions in order to enable them to retain and add superior faculty members.


Photo: Michael D. Richardson