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Richards retires after 30 years of service

 Danielle Richards, Director of the Academic Advising Center, officially retired in January 2012, after more than 30 years of service to Penn State.

Richards began her career at Penn State Schuylkill in 1981, where she held several positions over the years; her last position at the campus was Psychological Counselor. She came to Penn State Berks campus in 1995 as Director of the Advising Center. She was also Chair of the Penn State University Commission for Women during her time at Penn State.

While at Berks, Richards received the Doris Turkes Award, which is given to a woman from the Penn State Berks campus by the Berks Commission for Women. The award is presented in recognition of contributions that improve the status of women including advocating for issues related to women, educating the university community and its future citizens on issues affecting women, and promoting the efforts of women in their various roles and activities.

Richards earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State, and a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University.

When asked about her plans for retirement, she emphasized that she wants to become more involved with her Orwigsburg community and church. She also hopes spend more time with family and friends. Richards says she is finding time to do a lot of activities she never had much time to do before, including biking, walking, and reading. In addition, she is involved with rescue greyhounds.

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