Patricia Richard holds a dual role as President Johnson's Chief of Staff and the University's Chief Diversity Officer. As Chief of Staff, she serves as an advisor to the President, manages his activities and priorities, and connects the President and University to major constituents inside and outside the University. She teams with the President to ensure regular contact with prospective investors in the University and works with him and the Vice President for Development to layout appropriate goals and strategies for these investors. She works with others to prepare the President for speeches and other public functions and messaging opportunities, directs special projects, and ensures that the President's office functions effectively. She also acts as a point of contact for dignitaries and political campaigns on campus.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Master of Arts in Communication. She has been at the University since 1996 and in addition to serving as Chief of Staff, has also served as Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Marketing, Director of University Events, and Assistant Director for Alumni Relations.