Emily Richardson, Ph.D., was appointed as the associate vice president for boundless learning at Stetson University in March 2012. In her role, she is working to develop and lead a comprehensive strategy for the university's new boundless learning initiative to advance innovative educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Her work includes engaging in ongoing dialogue with faculty and academic leaders as well as leaders in various private and public sector fields to identify economic, market and social trends that lead to innovative and expansive learning opportunities for diverse students. Programs that are being developed will support and catalyze academic quality, innovation and outreach, and will lead to progressive economic ventures for the university. In September of 2012, she opened the Lifelong@Stetson initiative at the university's Center at Celebration, dedicated to learners over 50 years of age who take classes for the love of learning. In the spring of 2013, Lifelong@Stetson opened on the university's historic main campus in DeLand.
Prior to Stetson University, Richardson was dean of University College, the adult evening, weekend and distance-learning segment of Widener University in Chester, Penn. Richardson has a strong background in corporate training and in instructional technology applications. She started at Widener University in 1989 as an instructor for the School of Hospitality Management and was awarded tenure in 1996. In 2002, she was appointed dean, and during the following 10 years, she modified curriculum, scheduling, faculty orientation and student services to better meet the needs of adult students within the university setting. She is currently a national board member for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and part of the organization's strategic planning committee. In November of 2012, she was presented with the Marlowe Froke Literature Award by the Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). Richardson received her Ed.D. in higher education administration from Widener University in 2005, her M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University in instructional design in 1992 and her B.S. in hotel administration from Cornell University in 1975.