Lynne Richardson, vice president for administration and finance at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized as the 2018 Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Woman in Business Education.
The award recognizes female thought leaders whose leadership, research and educational initiatives have made a difference for women in business education. The honor was established in 2016 by the Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group, a peer organization affiliated with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) for women administrators in business schools. Richardson is the third recipient of the award. Past winners include Susan McTiernan in 2017, as well as the award’s namesake, Pat Flynn in 2016.
McTiernan, dean of Roger Williams University’s Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, described Richardson as an accomplished business education leader, “who has never lost sight of her role as a gifted professor; a prolific researcher; a strong contributor to the many communities of which she has been a part and, very consistently, a role model for women and what they can achieve.”
Richardson has served in her current capacity as a UMW vice president since January, after being named to the interim position in August 2017. She came to UMW in July 2011 as the inaugural dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing. Previously she served as dean of the colleges of business at Mississippi State University and Ball State University. She began her career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a marketing professor.
Active in her community, Richardson is a member of the Spotsylvania Medical Health Center Board of Trustees, and previously she served on the boards of the Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Rappahannock Rotary Club and the Fairy Godmother Project. She also writes a weekly business column for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg.
Richardson holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Montevallo.