Mark Richards joined Ensign College in November 2019 as the Vice President of Administration and Operations.
In his role, he oversees the IT, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Facilities, Philanthropies and Compliance departments on campus.
Richards brings a rich background of executive leadership experience to Ensign College, most recently serving as a senior consultant at FranklinCovey for 18+ years.
Additionally, he has served as the CEO of two different companies.
He has experience working across a broad range of industries, including: Healthcare, Technology, Consulting, Energy, Manufacturing, Auto, Pharma and Government.
Prior to joining Ensign College full-time, Richards served its students as an adjunct faculty instructor, teaching Business courses.
He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and followed that with an MBA/MPA from Seattle University’s Albers School of Business.
Richards currently serves as Bishop of the City Creek YSA 2nd Ward, one of the Ensign College wards. He previously served as President of the Maryland Baltimore Mission from 2012-15. He has also served in many other capacities in the Church, including: Elder’s Quorum President, High Councilor and has been a part of multiple bishoprics. Additionally, he served a full-time mission to London, England.
Richards and his wife, Karlan, currently reside in Draper, Utah. The couple are the parents of six children and have 10 grandchildren. He is an avid fly fisher and also enjoys riding his motorcycle, bicycle and spending time with family.