Richards retires from West Virginia University at Parkersburg
PARKERSBURG — A celebration was held Aug. 22 in honor of Debbie Richards of Ellenboro who recently retired from West Virginia University at Parkersburg after a career of over 46 years.
The event was planned by her daughters, Amanda Eagle and Erin Null in coordination with other family members. The event was hosted at the home of Carrie and Craig Burwell in Ellenboro.
Richards was the longest-serving female employee at WVU Parkersburg at the time of her retirement. She began her career as a member of the president’s staff in May 1975 and worked with all but the first president of the college.
Richards earned an associate in applied science in office administration (magna cum laude) in 1997 and a regents bachelor of arts degree in 2009 (magna cum laude), both from WVU Parkersburg while working full-time. In 2011, at the age of 55, she earned a master of legal studies from West Virginia University with a 4.0 GPA.
She was an executive director of policy and compliance.
She managed the public rulemaking process for the WVU at Parkersburg Board of Governors, served as the institution’s Freedom of Information Act Officer, provided notary services, and served as the institution’s liaison with legal counsel.
Richards looks forward to spending more time at home. She and her husband, Bob, plan to enjoy more camping trips and hope to spend more time with their five grandchildren.
As a member of Pennsboro United Methodist Church and the Ellenboro Town Council, Debbie also looks forward to spending more time volunteering for her church and community, reading, and trying some new arts and crafts.