Bachelor of Science, Tennessee State University, 1965. Master of Arts, St. Louis University, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, 1980.
Director, Economics Opportunity Comm., East St. Louis, 1968-1970; director FGP, Economics Opportunity Comm., 1970-1973; director adult education, State Community College, 1973-1987; president, State Community College, since 1987. Board directors Lessie Bates Neighborhood, East St. Louis.
Member Southern Cross, Sigma Gamma Rho, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Married Carolyn Marie Hicks, March 7, 1964. Children: Reisha, Riquita, Richard II, Ricardo.