Dr. Richard Roach has served for almost 10 years as Embry-Riddle’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC or “SACS”). He keeps the university informed on changes in accreditation requirements, reports the university’s many substantive changes to SACSCOC, oversees processes related to assessments and strategic planning, and supports academic departments in their various program accreditations.
Since joining ERAU he has overseen the development of current on-line course evaluations, academic program review, academic assessments, and strategic planning and assessment processes. He guided the three campuses in the successful reaffirmation of regional accreditation in 2012 and administered the initial development of the Ignite undergraduate research initiatives on the three campuses as an integral part of that reaffirmation.
He was born in New Mexico, grew up in Texas, received his undergraduate degree (English and Speech education) from the University of Houston, and obtained his master’s degree and doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He was self-employed in construction for 5 years and pastored 18 years before going into higher education accreditation at Texas A&M University-Texarkana for 7 years. He came to Embry-Riddle in July 2005.
When asked what he would be doing in four months if he won the lottery, he replied, “I’d be right here doing what I am doing now, supporting this university because, for me, this is the greatest job on earth.”
Dr. Roach is married to Peggy (Enrollment Management, Worldwide campus), has three grown sons (David, Tyler and Wesley), and lives in DeBary. His hobbies include meditation and devotions, flower gardening, outdoor activities and antiquing.