Karen Richardson, who was among the first generation in her family to attend college, has been named dean of admission at Princeton University. She will start in her new role on July 1.
Richardson currently is dean of admissions and enrollment management at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Richardson, who grew up in Roebling, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton in 1993 and has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
From 2002 to 2004, Richardson was assistant dean for undergraduate admission at Princeton, focusing on diversity recruitment efforts.
“Karen Richardson has a remarkable track record as a pioneer in the field of college admissions,” said Princeton University president Christopher Eisgruber. “Her professional experience at the helm of the Tufts admissions office, her heartfelt commitment to diversity and inclusion, and her deep knowledge of this university make her an ideal leader for our Office of Admission. We are fortunate that Karen is returning to Princeton, and I look forward to working with her to bring talented students of all backgrounds to this university.”
“I’m thrilled to be taking on this role at a place that has been so impactful on my life,” said Richardson. “Attending Princeton was a transformational experience, and the opportunities I was given here have opened so many doors in my career in education. I’m looking forward to giving back and to working with the admissions team to continue to attract stellar applicants and craft great classes for the university.”
Richardson succeeds Janet Lavin Rapelye, who became president of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education in November, 2018, after 15 years at Princeton.
Richardson’s career in education also has focused on K-12 public school administration. From 2005 to 2008 she was deputy superintendent of Boston Public Schools. In the late 1990s she worked as program director for Young Negotiators in Boston and with Jumpstart in Washington, D.C.
Richardson also serves on the board of directors of the Common Application.
Princeton University, 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton 08544. 609-258-3000. Christopher Eisgruber, president. www.princeton.edu.