Edinboro University faculty member Dr. George Richards, associate professor in the Criminal Justice, Anthropology and Forensic Science Department, recently earned his Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) designation from the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection.
With the CIPM certification, Richards is now among the elite managers, directors and administrations in the U.S., responsible for overseeing cultural property protection at educational and public institutions.
Candidates who participate in CIPM training include active security directors, law enforcement officers and other administrators.
Richards, who teaches courses in criminal justice, homeland security, research methods and emergency management was named Edinboro University’s 2017 Advisor of the Year.
During his tenure at Edinboro University, Richards has been a Distinguished Professor of Social Equity in 2016 and Educator of the Year in 2010. He was awarded Outstanding Mentor from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2012 and was recognized as Educator/Academician of the Year by the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education in 2008.
Richards earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Berea College and a Master of Science in Justice Administration with a concentration in Corrections and Crime Prevention from the University of Louisville. During his professorship at the University of Akron, Richards earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Studies.