Richards is responsible for the management of $11 billion in total investment exposures, including a derivatives-based portable alpha program, across the University of Missouri System’s retirement, endowment and general operating funds. Richards had also served concurrently as Treasurer from January 2011 through September 2019, providing 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 2018, Richards was named a Top 30 Endowment Chief Investment Officer by Trusted Insight, an industry trade publication. 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 25 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.