Brian Richard, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Governmental Studies
Northern Illinois University
Brian Richard is Assistant Director for Center for Governmental Studies’ Workforce Development team. At CGS, his most recent work concentrates on the evaluation of state and local workforce development and training programs. He also has extensive experience estimating the impacts of economic development projects, local retail and industrial analysis, and research into the health of regional economies. Recent projects include an evaluation of local workforce boards training expenditures and economic impacts of Illinois’ community college system and the Illinois defense industry. He is the editor of the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education. Previously, Brian was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at the University of Southern Mississippi where he taught courses focused on quantitative research methods, economic development finance, and business recruiting and retention.