Ira Richardson

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Ira Richardson (1871 – October 6, 1958) was a president of Northwest Missouri State University and founding president of Adams State College.

Early life[edit]

Richardson was a native of northern Missouri and received a degree from Central Methodist University in 1897.

He received two masters degrees from Columbia University.[1]

Northwest Missouri[edit]

He was president at Northwest from 1913 to 1921.

Highlights of his time at the school:[2]

  • The school got its nickname of Bearcats in 1916
  • The Tower yearbook first publication in 1917
  • First degree class graduates in 1917
  • Tornado hits the Administration building on March 15, 1919

Adams State College[edit]

He served as Adams president from its founding in 1925 until 1950. Highlights of his stay:[3]

  • Richardson Hall (named for him was built)
  • He was one of three faculty on the first semester in 1925
  • Green and white were adopted as school colors in 1926
  • Adams State Normal School name change Adams State Teachers College in 1930
  • President’s home and faculty apartments (Casa del Sol) constructed in 1929
  • Casa Bonita and Kit Carson Hall dorms opened in 1936
  • Rex Activity Center opened in 1939
  • It began offering graduate classes in 1944
  • When he retired enrollment was 349 in 1950.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry Kirby Taylor
President of the Northwest Missouri State University
Succeeded by
Uel W. Lamkin