A West Virginia University alumnus who has become a respected intercollegiate athletic administrator will return to his alma mater Thursday (March 5) to talk about the business of sports in a college environment.

Milton E. Richards , director of athletics at California State University Stanislaus, will speak onCurrent Issues Affecting NCAA Athletic Departmentsat 2 p.m. in Room 251 of the WVU Coliseum. The talk, sponsored by WVU s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences , is free and open to the public.

Dr. Richards is guided by the belief that intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of the overall mission of the university,said Dallas Branch , a professor of sport management in the WVU Department of Sport Sciences.

Furthermore, he has established a respected and successful intercollegiate athletics and recreation program for men and women that contributes substantially to campus life and community interaction at CSU Stanislaus,Branch added.He and his staff have taken Warrior athletics to new heights among the nations elite intercollegiate athletics programs.

Richards is in his eighth year as director of athletics at CSU Stanislaus. Before that, he was director of athletics at the State University of New York at Albany.

A native of Liverpool, N.Y., he worked in Division I-A athletics for 11 years at Kansas State and Temple universities. While at KSU , he launched a challenging capital fund campaign to build a new indoor football practice facility and luxury suite press box. He and his staff then established the first luxury football stadium suite program in the Big 12 Conference for the highly successful Wildcat football program.

He has authored several articles on issues related to intercollegiate athletics.

Richards earned three degrees from WVU , including a doctorate in education in 1983, a masters degree in sport management in 1982 and a bachelors degree in recreation in 1980.

He is completing a second term as a member of the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Visiting Committee.