Dr. Richard Sanchez
Fifth President (1998 – 2013)
Dr. Richard M. Sanchez recently announced his plans for retirement on August 31, 2013 after successfully serving 15 years as Navarro College’s fifth District President.
Dr. Sanchez earned an Ed.D from Western Michigan University, an M.A. from California Polytechinic University, and a B.A. from Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Sanchez began his career in college administration at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California in 1972. He held various administrative positions at Santa Barbara Community College, and College of the Sequoias. Prior to coming to Navarro, he served as President of Grossmont College located in El Cajon, California, from 1990 – 1998.
Under his leadership, Navarro College has experienced dramatic growth, increasing enrollment by 167 percent. In 2007, the Navarro College was named the fastest-growing public two-year college in the nation by Community College Week. Additionally, Dr. Sanchez was instrumental in improving and expanding off-campus educational facilities in Mexia and establishing a new campus at Midlothian. He also led efforts to more than double the size of the existing off-campus center in Waxahachie. Under his directive, the college boasts more than $22 million in renovations, including the construction of seven residence halls, a dining hall, clock tower, and a 25,000 square-foot library named in his honor. A milestone came in the spring of 2011 when college enrollment soared to more than 10,000 students. Among his community activities, Dr. Sanchez has served as the President of the Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, fundraising chairman of the United Way, and a member of the mayor’s strategic planning taskforce.
Upon his retirement Dr. Sanchez will have completed a career that spanned fifty years, including 22 years serving as a community college chief executive officer.