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Tammy Richards
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star 

Former Associate Dean of Operations, Finance, Enrollment, Marketing & Communications
Lyle School of Education
Southern Methodist University

Tammy L. Richards, P.E. is a business executive with a passion for education. Ms. Richards is the Associate Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and the Executive Director of The Infinity Project in the Institute of Engineering Education at Southern Methodist University, positions she assumed in October 2003.

At Southern Methodist University, Ms. Richards is responsible for operations, enrollment, marketing, communications, and outreach for the Lyle School of Engineering. Her goals include doubling the size of the engineering student population and achieving gender parity at the school. In addition, she is responsible for expanding The Infinity Project, a high school engineering project. 

Previously, Ms. Richards held marketing and management positions in her career at Texas Instruments, including Vice President of Marketing for TI's Educational and Productivity Solutions (E&PS) business. Ms. Richards was responsible for the marketing strategy for the $500 million E&PS business.
Ms. Richards has directed educator professional development, educator conferences, market development, and customer service. In addition, Ms. Richards had responsibility for relationship management with leading educational organizations such as the National Council Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association, and the National Science Foundation.

Ms. Richards managed and grew the highly successful T3 program, Teachers Teaching with Technology. Her staff organized workshops and seminars for 10,000 teachers per year to help educators successfully integrate handheld educational technology in the classroom. To complement the T3 program, Ms. Richards created the groundbreaking Technology for All Students program - a train-the-trainer program to expand the use of educational technology to urban schools.

Ms. Richards is President of the Board of Head Start of Greater Dallas, a $40 million non-profit agency. In addition, she is past co-chair and steering team member of the Greater Dallas Chamber Women's Business Conference, a volunteer-run conference for 2000 women. Ms. Richards served on the Advisory Board of the Women's Issues Council for the Greater Dallas Chamber, is a member of the Executive Women's Roundtable, and has completed Leadership Texas and Leadership Dallas.

Ms. Richards received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, summa cum laude, and a MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.