the professors and students who seek him out when they're having problems. "I always warn new faculty what can happen to them in the first year," Richard- son said. "Students have to be encouraged to come to someone and talk, especially when they don't know the person. 1 always tell them it doesn't have to be a political science question. I've had great big whoppin' guys come in and cry, just because they're homesick." By the end ofthat decade, Richardson's prestige was such that he was the first faculty member ever to give the spring Commencement address.
reciprocal. He's received the Tanner
Award, the University Award, and the
James Johnston Award, all for undergrad-
uate teaching; he has been voted Favorite
Professor by Granville residents six times.
In 1987 he was honored with the Thomas
Jefferson Award for best exemplifying
Jefferson's ideals and objectives in teaching,
Wliting and scholarship. He also has received
the GAA's Faculty Service Award.
In July 1995, Richard McComuck
resigned as provost to become president
of the University of W ashington. This
coincided with the arrival ofUNC's new
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Richardson encourages students to talk to him, and "it doesn't have to be a political science question,"
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