Thomas F. Richards, CPA currently serves as Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer at the University of Missouri System. In his current role, Richards provides operating leadership and strategic direction for the University's cash management, debt and banking relationships across all four campuses and the health care system. In addition, he manages investment portfolios in excess of $7.5 billion, including the university’s retirement, endowment, and general operating funds. Richards served as interim Vice President of Finance from July 2013 through August 2014. Prior to his appointment as Treasurer by the Board of Curators in January 2011, Richards was responsible for the University’s financial reporting and taxation matters as well as all accounting for the treasury function. Richards received the 2013 Rising Star Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). The award is given to up-and- coming leaders in higher education in the areas of finance, administration, and business who are known for their innovative, meaningful contributions to the improvement of their profession and to the efficiency of their institution. A veteran of more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector, Richards served as chief financial officer of a $2.0 billion community banking organization headquartered in Columbia, Missouri. Prior to that time, Richards was an audit manager in the financial services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Indianapolis. Richards earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is a certified public accountant.