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Phillips University Legacy Foundation Hires Richardson as Development Director

June 01, 2017

Phillips University Legacy Foundation (PULF) has hired Valerie Odell Richardson as development director, as the foundation continues to grow and provide scholarships and leadership development training to collegiate scholars around the country. A two-year grant from Phillips University, Inc., provided funding for the position.

Richardson is a 1975 graduate of Phillips University, and earned her juris doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University. She practiced law for over 25 years in St. Louis and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in the areas of securities litigation, business, nonprofit organizations, trusts and estates. In 2012, Richardson accepted the position as Executive Director of the Library Foundation for the Springfield-Greene County Library District in Springfield, Missouri, where she conducted a multi-million dollar capital campaign for the renovation of one of the district's branch libraries, among other fundraising and administrative duties.

I love the fact that PULF is carrying on the tradition of Phillips University by providing scholarships and leadership development to students attending colleges affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination, like Phillips University before it closed, she said. I am excited about renewing contacts with Phillips alumni through this position and raising funds to strengthen the ongoing mission of Phillips University Legacy Foundation.

Richardson lives in and will be working remotely from Missouri. She has two daughters - Amelia (Aly) who is a graduate of Drury University, and Blythe, who is a graduate of Missouri State University. She enjoys reading, photography, travelling, and hiking.

To discuss donation options or planned giving, please contact Richardson at (580) 540-0890, or