Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
Cheryl Richardson, Ph.D.'01
Adjunct Lecturer in the Accelerated M.S. in Management & Organizational Behavior Program at Benedictine University
Dr. Cheryl Richardson, Ph.D., came to Benedictine in 2004 after a nearly 20-year career as a high-level manager for McDonald’s Corp., most recently as a human resources senior director. At Benedictine, she taught courses that included Training and Development, Organizational Behavior, Compensation, and Benefits and Human Resources Management. In 2005, Richardson established The Dr. Cheryl B. Richardson Award to recognize and provide a scholarship to incoming freshmen women of African-American heritage who are graduates of inner-city high schools and in need of financial assistance.
“Cheryl made an exceptional contribution to the M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior program, to the Ph.D. in Organization Development program in general and to her field,” said Peter Sorensen, Ph.D., professor and chair of the M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior program. “Cheryl was truly exceptional in many ways, and her legacy will live on in the scholarship she created.”
In 2006, Richardson received the “Influential Women in Business Award” from the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Daily Herald Business Ledger, and in 2011 received Chicago United’s “Business Leaders of Color Award,” which is given to exceptional individuals who currently serve, or are ready to contribute as a member of the board of directors for Fortune 1000 companies.
Richardson passed away on August 5, 2013 and is remembered by her students, staff members, fellow alumni and friends as a wonderful woman who was passionate about education and a person who truly embodied the Benedictine values.
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