Richard A. Beyer, Senior Fellow
Practice Area Leader: Mergers and Private System Affiliations


Rick Beyer has a unique combination of experience in higher education and business. A former college president and board governance chair, successful technology CEO and senior operating executive of a $1 billion public company, Rick has consistently been at the forefront of industry leading initiatives and has a successful history of leading organizations through change and growth.
With over twenty years of service on higher education boards, Rick has cultivated a depth of governance experience. Rick served for more than five years as a board member at AGB. While on the AGB board, Rick served in a number of capacities including chair of the compensation committee, chair of a special task force on new business opportunities, and chair of the AGB development and finance committees. Additionally, Rick is trustee emeritus of Olivet College, where he has served as the chair of the board. He was also a member of the board of trustees at American University, Washington D.C. Rick was also the founding managing principal for AGB Institutional Strategies.
During Rick’s career, he has participated in the oversight or development of fifteen different merger and/or affiliation transactions including five non-profit organizations. Rick served for more than eight years as an executive and then as a corporate officer at Trimble Navigation, a $1 billion public company (NASDAQ:TRMB). Rick also served as president and CEO of TracerNET, a wireless sensor business which was acquired by Trimble. He was also part of the senior management start-up team at QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) serving as vice president, marketing and sales for OmniTRACS, which became the country’s most successful mobile satellite communications provider.