LDS Business College President J. Lawrence (Larry) Richards began a career in the banking industry early in life when he became a branch manager at age 26. Ten years later he was appointed president of that bank, and his reputation in the industry was established.

After 25 years in the banking industry, President Richards chose a new path and became a full-time faculty member at LDS Business College. He taught business classes there, and soon became the Business Skills Program Director. He was appointed assistant to the president in 2005. On December 9, 2008, he was appointed president of the college, effective January 1, 2009.

President Richards married Julie Victor of Brigham City; they have two children. His personal interests include golf, all sports, and collecting kites.