President's Bio


Dr. Richard Dawe

Dr. Richard L. Dawe became the president of Ozarka College on July 1, 2009. Previously, he served as Vice Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District in Ventura California. VCCCD is comprised of three state colleges serving more than 36,000 students. Other positions in higher education included Dean of Work Education at College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri; and Assistant Professor of Budget and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Dr. Dawe also served as a naval aviator in the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of captain. During his navy career he also served as deputy, and then director of a $9.4B working capital fund for the Department of Defense.


He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Saint Louis University at St. Louis, Missouri; Masters degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois; and an Associate degree from Georgia Military College, in Blytheville, Arkansas.


Dr. Dawe serves on the North Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Board, North Central Arkansas Area Health Education Center Council, and as president of the Melbourne, Arkansas Airport Commission.


He and his wife, Chris, make their home in Melbourne, Arkansas. They have two grown children, Richard Dawe Jr. and Stephanie Shine, and two grandchildren, Isabella Dawe and Savannah Shine.