Established in 2006 in honor of Bill and Nancy Richardson, with funding from the Kellogg Foundation and other donors

WILLIAM C. RICHARDSON (shown on right, with Thomas LaVeist) was president of The Johns Hopkins University and professor of health policy and management from 1990 until 1995, and is professor and president emeritus. After leaving Johns Hopkins, Dr. Richardson served as president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for ten years. He is best known for his leadership and expertise in the delivery of health care and health policy, philanthropy, and education. He holds an MBA and PhD in business from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in health care delivery. He served as graduate dean at the University of Washington and as provost at Pennsylvania State University, before being recruited to The Johns Hopkins University as president.

NANCY F. RICHARDSON has long been an active member of boards and committees and most recently served on the boards of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.


THOMAS A. LaVEIST, the inaugural William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor of Health Policy, joined the faculty in 1990. He is professor of health policy and management, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine Oncology Department, and is a faculty associate in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and in the Hopkins Population Center.

Dr. LaVeist teaches courses in minority health and public health policy. A frequent visiting lecturer on minority health issues at other universities, Dr. LaVeist also consults regularly with federal agencies and health care organizations on the issues of minority health and cultural competency and racial disparities in health. He is the inaugural recipient of the Knowledge Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Health Services’ Office of Minority Health for contributing “substantial research, as well as written and published work, that advances knowledge about minority health and the elimination of health disparities.”

Dr. LaVeist has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has written articles for Newsweek, Black Enterprise and the Baltimore Sun. His edited volume, Race, Ethnicity and Health (Jossey-Bass) was published in fall 2002. Jossey-Bass published his latest book, Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Race, Ethnicity and Health in the United States, in April 2005.