Richard M. Romano is Professor Emeritus of economics at SUNY Broome Community College/State University of New York and Director of the Institute for Community College Research. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member at the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute at Cornell University. Having served as a faculty member/administrator at the community college level for over 40 years, he also has been a visiting professor/scholar at UCLA (1983), the State University of New York at Binghamton (1986), the New School (1995), North Carolina State University (2002) and the University of South Florida (2008).
In 2003 he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the highest award given for research by the State University of New York. More recently he has received the Senior Scholar Award (2013) from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. He has a B.A. degree in economics from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His current research is in the area of higher education finance. Most recent publications are: Financing Community Colleges: Where we are, Where we're going (with Jim Palmer) (2016) Rowman & Littlefield; The Community College and the Business Cycle, Change Magazine (Sept/Oct, 2016).