William C. Richardson

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William Chase Richardson (born May 11, 1940)[1] received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College[disambiguation needed] and a Master in Business Administration degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Dr Richardson was previously graduate dean and vice provost for research at the University of Washington, executive vice president and provost at Pennsylvania State University (1984–1990),[2][3] and held various positions at the University of Chicago.[4] He later became president of Johns Hopkins University (1990–1995).[4][5] Dr Richardson devoted his academic career to researching the financing and organization of health services in the USA.[2][4]

Dr Richardson left academia to head the Kellogg Foundation (1995–2005) and became chair and co-trustee of The Kellogg Foundation Trust (1996–2007).[2][4] Dr Richardson has also been a director on the boards of the Kellogg Company (1996–2007), the Bank of New York (1998–2007), Exelon Corporation (2005-2016), CSX Corporation (1992–2008), and Mercantile Bankshares.[2][4]

He was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 1981.[2] He is best known for his role as chair of the groundbreaking report on medical errors ("To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System") and a following report on quality of health care in America ("Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century"). He won its David Rall Award in 2007.[6] (The David Rall Medal is awarded to a member of the Institute of Medicine who has demonstrated particularly distinguished leadership as a chair of a study committee or other such activities in a manner that was particularly exemplary, demonstrating a commitment substantially above and beyond the usual expectations of a committee chair.)


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e William C. Richardson, Ph.D. profile on Exelon Corporation website
  3. ^ Resume of William C. Richardson, Ph.D. from TobaccoDocuments.org
  4. ^ a b c d e William C. Richardson profile on Forbes.com
  5. ^ Past Presidents at Johns Hopkins University
  6. ^ David Rall Award on Institute of Medicine of the National Academy's website