Portrait of Karen Richardson


Dean of Admission




Karen Richardson became dean of admission at Princeton on July 1, 2019.

Previously, Richardson was dean of admissions and enrollment management at Tufts University where she had held the positions of director of graduate admissions and director of diversity recruitment prior to being appointed dean in July 2016.

As dean of admission, Richardson will oversee the team that is charged with recruitment and selection of the University’s first-year and transfer classes.

Richardson’s career in education also has focused on K-12 public school administration. She served as deputy superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS) and was a program director with the BPS Office of Teaching and Learning and director of the Exam School Initiative. 

Richardson received her A.B. in politics from Princeton in 1993 and holds a masters in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Common Application.

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