Richard Lawrence Means

Title: Instructor of History
Company: Mountain View College
Location: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States

Richard Lawrence Means, Instructor of History at Mountain View College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history and higher education.

Desiring to be a history educator from a formative age, Mr. Means recalls feeling a sense of euphoria upon entering the classroom for the first time. Although he did not know what to expect, he had an innate instinct regarding teaching and fell in love with the profession. Commencing his career as an instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1968, a position he held for two years, he also served the university as the assistant dean of liberal arts from 1969 to 1970. Thereafter, he transferred to Mountain View College, where he has been serving as an instructor of history since 1970. During his tenure at the college, he also acted as chairman of social science from 1970 to 1972. Alongside his primary teaching endeavors, he has also sat on several committees at the college, including the hiring committee and a committee dedicated to the evaluation of courses to meet state and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation requirements.

The recipient of a Bachelor of Arts from Henderson State University and Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas, Mr. Means is also a member of the faculty council at Mountain View College, where he also served as the past president of the Mountain View College Faculty Association. A former member and vice commodore of the Corinthian Sailing Club as well, he maintained affiliation with the Organization of American Historians and the Union County Historical Foundation. Impressively, he additionally served as an advisory consultant on a series on western civilization with Station WGBH-TV in Boston, MA, in 1988.

As a testament to his success, Mr. Means received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and was honored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1974. He has also been highlighted in the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. Married to Emilia Gay Griffith since 1969, he is the proud father of one son, Richard Nathaniel. Richard Nathaniel followed his father’s example and now serves as an educator at the Dallas Community College District.

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