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Richard Cole

Health Care Administrator, Professor and Communication Consultant

North America

Richard Thomas Cole (born 1948) was full professor (retired in January 2014) and past chairperson of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University. Cole serves on the advisory board for Huntington National Bank Inc. in Southeast Michigan, the steering committee of The Center for Michigan, and the ACEs statewide steering committee.
The former Press Secretary and Chief of Staff to Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard, and Majority Executive Secretary in the Michigan State Senate, Cole rejoined the MSU faculty in 2006 after an absence of 15 years during which time he served as an officer on two major Michigan-based health care corporations—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan (under CEO Richard Whitmer) as Senior Vice President, and at Detroit Medical Center (DMC) as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer under then CEO, now Detroit mayor, Michael Duggan. Among his publications (books and journal articles) Cole was commissioned by Sage’s Encyclopedia of Health Communication (2014) to write the section on “Abuse: Child and Spousal.” Full bio at:

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