North Dakota State College of Science announced on Tuesday that Dr. John and Marcia Richman of Wahpeton, N.D., have established a new endowed fund. Richman currently serves as the College’s ninth president. The Richmans’ $10,000 initial gift has been matched by NDSCS Foundation funds, gifted by the late Wilbur and Betty Lunday.
The $20,000 endowment will fund professional development opportunities for NDSCS faculty and staff through the John and Marcia Richman Faculty/Staff Professional Development Fund.
The Richmans made the endowment with the express purpose that it be used to assist NDSCS employees. The NDSCS Faculty and Staff Senate committees will receive two annual grants and determine requirements and eligibility of the awards.
John Richman has enjoyed a long association with NDSCS beginning in the early 1970s when he first stepped on campus as a student athlete. After attending the College, Richman went on to earn a B.S. and M.A. from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. He was named NDSCS President in 2007. Marcia Richman is a social worker for the Wahpeton Public School District.
“My time at NDSCS has been rewarding to my family and I in many ways,” said John Richman. “Marcia and I are thrilled by this opportunity to support the institution, its employees, who can have significant and positive impacts on the College, and ultimately NDSCS students.”
NDSCS Foundation Director, Brad Barth, said, “We are deeply grateful for the outstanding support of John and Marcia Richman. Their unique gift opens the door to directly benefit employees. This is only one of the many ways support can be given to the College and we encourage employees, retirees and alumni to consider all options available when giving.”