Ruthlyn Charmion Richards is a Human Resources professional with over twenty years of experience in higher education. Her experience includes working in admissions, student services and human resources. Her early career began as an elementary school teacher, and she taught 3rd - 6th grade for nine years. Charmion has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a Ph.D in Educational Leadership, with a concentration on Higher Education Leadership from Mercer University. Her areas of interest include succession planning and leadership development, which were the focus of her dissertation. Professional affiliations include membership in the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) National and Atlanta chapters.