Richard L. Edwards

Chancellor Emeritus and University Professor Richard L. Edwards

Richard L. Edwards

Dr. Richard L. Edwards is Chancellor Emeritus of Rutgers University–New Brunswick and University Professor.  Dr. Edwards served as Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick from 2014 to 2017, a pivotal moment in the university’s history, with its entrance into the Big Ten and Big Ten Academic Alliance, the integration of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the university’s historic 250th anniversary.  Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Richards served as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2011 to 2014.

Among the hallmarks of his administration is a commitment to improving the student experience, both in and out of the classroom.  He enacted several task forces and committees to review and make recommendations for enhancing various aspects of the campus experience, ranging from broadening conversations about inclusion and racial climate on campus to exploring ways to improve the experiences of first-year, transfer and non-traditional students. 

Dr. Edwards, who came to Rutgers in 2005 as dean of the School of Social Work, is a scholar, educator, and administrator in social work education and professional practice.  Over a four-decade career, he has held deanships at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is past president of the National Association of Social Workers and has written extensively on issues related to social work education and nonprofit and public management.  Dr. Edwards served as interim president of Rutgers from July 1 to August 31, 2012.