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Rich Cummins
Vice President for Information Services
Columbia Basin College

Richard Cummins joined the English faculty at Columbia Basin College in southeastern Washington state in 1990. More recently, he has studied and taught classes in information technology. He started the college's online program in 1996, has presented at numerous conferences and events, and has worked with faculty colleagues to integrate new technologies into classroom teaching. He co-authored (with Patrick Bjork) a writing textbook, Reading, Writing, and the World Wide Web in 1999, which provides writing instruction with various internet tools.

Now the vice president for Information Services at Columbia Basin College, Richard Cummins oversees the instructional departments that provide information technology and computer science education and training, as well as the administrative departments that develop and support the college's computing infrastructure. He is also the President of the Columbia Basin Advanced Technology (CBAT) Center, an education-industry alliance dedicated to the economic development of the information technology business sector in southeastern Washington. CBAT hosts a number of small incubation suites and provides consulting services for information technology business start-ups. These businesses tie into the college through internships, certification training and testing, and other programs.

Cummins lives in Richland, WA with his history professor wife, Meg, and his two children, Eleanor and Isaac.

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