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Timothy William Quinnan, Ph.D.

“For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.” – Proverbs 8:11

In August 2017, Dr. Timothy Quinnan took office as the President of Richmont Graduate University.  Prior to his arrival, Dr. Quinnan held executive leadership roles at a number of prominent universities including the University of Texas at Arlington, San Diego State University, Florida State University, and the University of Cincinnati.  At each university, he made profound and enduring contributions to attain excellence.  After many years in the field, his passion for and practicing of transformational leadership in higher education remains strong.  With a talent for creating visions which inspire others, expertise in strategic planning, hands-on involvement in resource generation, fostering new and proven pathways to student success, strengthening the ethos of community on campus, or anticipating future trends in higher education and repositioning his University to meet them, he is well prepared for the challenges of the chief executive officer’s suite.

Click here to read Dr. Quinnan’s introductory letter in Richmont’s most current Annual Report (see pages 3-4)

Dr. Quinnan earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He followed with a master’s degree in College Student Personnel, also from Miami.  After doing a pre-doctoral Dean’s Fellowship at the University of Michigan, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education from The Union Institute and University.  This training paved the way to a highly successful, decades-long career in student affairs before becoming college president. From those years, he took away a deep belief that the needs of students should always be the most important variable in university decision-making.

As an administrator who believes in the value of scholarship, Dr. Quinnan demonstrated this by publishing two books: Generations Lost (2002), and Adult Students at Risk: Culture Bias in Higher Education (1997). In addition, he has published a host of articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, including Academic LeadershipThe Journal of College and Character, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also been invited to write guest editorials in various metropolitan newspapers. With the rise of visual communication modalities, Dr. Quinnan shifted his interests to film and video platforms that speak directly to millennial audiences. He oversaw the creation of a robust YouTube channel of student-success videos, the first-ever at the University of Texas at Arlington. Among his proudest achievements to date are the two independent films that he solo scripted: The Stranger (2014), and To Die and Live Again (2013). Both dramatized the search for spiritual meaning among college-aged students, a lifelong theme in his research.

Along with these creative endeavors, other significant milestones in Dr. Quinnan’s career included an invitation to act as the Director of the internationally-renowned Institute of College Student Values in 2004-05 hosted by Florida State. He founded an acclaimed  Leadership Summit symposium at San Diego State University in 2009 which remains a major leadership event in Southern California to this day. In the same spirit of invention, he launched a Next Generation Initiatives program to provide seed-grants for experimental models of student engagement, debuted a cutting-edge Expressions in Leadership conference focused on the creativity in leading, and later championed, under the branding of “Where Talent Meets Opportunity”, the opening of a brand new Career Development Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Attuned to the importance of resource development, Dr. Quinnan is a proven, effective fundraiser. While at San Diego State, he secured direct and in-kind gifts of more than $2.1 million in less than three years and approximately $300,000 in corporate sponsorships over an eight-month period at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Dr. Quinnan has made a priority of establishing Richmont as a thought-leader in higher education as plainly evidenced by the amount of grant support received from external foundations.  Among these prominent entities are The Maclellan Family Foundations, Kaiser Permanente Health Care, John and Polly Sparks Foundation, the Fitzgerald Foundation, One Hundred Shares, the Roski Family Trust, and the National Christian Trust. He has been successful in this endeavor, increasing by fivefold the amount of funding secured by the University.  While he has never held a formal appointment in college advancement, he has raised millions in the course of his career. Beyond fundraising, he also actively pursues public-private partnerships, corporate support, and enrollment growth to further enhance the University’s financial base.

Dr. Quinnan is a sought-after speaker and is often asked to serve as a keynote at leadership conferences or before corporate as well as community groups. He is a consultant to numerous businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Recently, he was honored with a request to serve in the role of President/CEO on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation review site teams. His dynamic and highly interactive workshops on values-driven lifestyles, personal mission and quest, and Spirituality Seminar, continue to be in demand by students, colleagues, and professionals. Dr. Quinnan views his entire career an unwavering commitment to help others reach their innate potential. He finds affirmation of his impact in the success of those he once mentored and is touched that so many of them—today’s entrepreneurs, physicians, teachers, lawyers, ministers, even television personalities—choose to keep in regular contact with him. Dr. Quinnan sees this as proof that he touched their lives in a lasting way.

In his personal life, Dr. Quinnan treasures spending time with his extraordinary wife and daughter. He also enjoys fitness and mind-body wellness activities, travel, philanthropic work, and however modestly, striving to make the world a little better one act of kindness at a time.

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