Richard (Dick) Celeste has an unusual career trajectory. Following his education at Yale University and Oxford University, he worked at the Peace Corps headquarters; as Personal Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador in India; in real estate development; served as a state legislator in Ohio and as Lt. Governor. After a stint as Director of the Peace Corps, Dick was elected to two terms as Governor of Ohio. Dick then headed a small economic development consultancy until 1997, when he returned to India as U.S. Ambassador. From 1990 until Dick departed for India, he chaired the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences.
In 2002, Dick became the 12th President of Colorado College and served for nine years. He has been and is a member or chair of several corporate and not-for-profit boards. He and his wife Jacqueline have a son, Sam, 22, and he has six grown children from a previous marriage.