President

Richard Plumb became the 30th President of Saint Mary's College of California on July 1, 2021. 

Plumb, a first-generation college graduate, is a native of Syracuse, New York, and earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Syracuse University.

He began his academic career on the faculty at the University of Kansas in 1989. In 1998, Plumb became professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at Binghamton and served in this role until 2005 when he was appointed dean of the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. From 2014 to 2021, Plumb was executive vice president and provost at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

His teaching and research interests span from applied electromagnetics to ground-penetrating radars. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles.

Richard and his wife, Mary, have three adult children and are proud grandparents.