Bachelor, Vanderbilt University, 1964. Master of Education, Memphis State University, 1968. Doctor of Education, Memphis State University, 1970.
Assistant to chancellor University Tennessee, Martin, 1970—1971. Director budget and planning Memphis State University, 1971—1972. Assistant to president James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1972—1973, associate dean, 1973—1974, dean, 1974—1976.
President Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, since 1976. Director 1st Trust & Savings Bank. With United States Marine Corps, 1964-1967.
Member of American Association State Colleges and University, Association Institutional Research, American Educational Research Association, American Association Higher Education, Clarksville Country Club, Rotary Club, Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Pi, Alpha Phi Omega.
Married Judith Mathis Riggs, July 1968. Children: Robert Owen, Susan Lea.