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Dorman obtained an undergraduate degree in music education from Susquehanna University, and a master's in counseling/college student personnel services, and then a doctorate of higher education administration from The Pennsylvania State University
Dorman's first job was at Red Lion Senior High School in Pennsylvania where he was the director of choral activities. He has also served as director of marketing for Prestige Expositions in Ridgewood, New Jersey, as an executive with the Penn State Alumni Association, as assistant vice president for development at the University of Louisville, and as vice president for institutional advancement at Otterbein College. He became President of Westminster on July 1, 2008 succeeding former President Thomas Williamson.
Richard is a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Beverly have two children. 
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