Text Only Skip to content
Skip header navigation.
Skip sub-section linksSTLCC Home » College News » » Richard L. Dawe, Ph.D.

Richard L. Dawe, Ph.D.

Richard Dawe  
Richard L. Dawe, Ph.D.

Richard L. Dawe has served as president of Ozarka College since July 2009. Ozarka is a two-year public institution that serves approximately 1,500 students. It has a main campus in Melbourne, Ark., and satellite campuses in Mountain View, Ash Flat and Mammoth Spring.

Under Dawe’s leadership, Ozarka College’s accreditation was extended to 2020. The college also executed a $2 million bond sale to restructure debt and build a new addition to its Mountain View site. Ozarka also conducted an additional $3 million bond issue in 2013 for a new Student Services Center on the main campus.

Previously, Dawe served as vice chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District in Ventura California. VCCCD is comprised of three state colleges serving more than 36,000 students.

Dawe has held other positions in higher education, including dean of work education at College of the Ozarks, a four-year private college in Branson, Mo.; and assistant professor of budget and public policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Dawe also served as a naval aviator in the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of captain. During his navy career, he also served as deputy, and then director of a $9.4 billion federal government working capital fund.

Dawe serves on Saint Louis University-Parks College’s Engineering, Aviation and Technology Graduate Advisory Board and chairs the Melbourne Airport Commission. He also serves on the governor-appointed Arkansas Emergency Response Commission.

He holds a doctorate in public policy and administration from Saint Louis University. His master’s degree in financial management is from the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, Calif.), and his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology is from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.