Rick has over 19 years of extensive Higher Education experience. Most recently, he has been consulting with Pennsylvania colleges in areas of Program Exploration, Program Development, Enrollment Management, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Workforce Development,
He began his career as an Indiana licensed funeral director and embalmer managing funeral homes and cemeteries for both family-owned and corporate owned businesses. In 2002, Rick was selected out of Indiana licensed funeral directors to develop and create the first Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana – East Chicago.
In 2007, he was tapped to serve as a regional Dean overseeing seven programs at Ivy Tech’s four campuses. In 2012, he was selected to serve as Vice Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Michigan City campus. And, in 2015 he became president of the Michigan City campus.
In 2016, Rick was recruited to by Florida’s Miami Dade College. He served as the Wolfson campus president where he served over 30,000 students from over 190 countries, speaking over 90 languages. He managed a 40 million budget and an additional $12 million in grant dollars.
Rick is a 1994 graduate of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a 1995 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago earning a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service, and a 2007 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana earning a Juris Doctor.