One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

David Rich

David Rich, DPA

Professor of Public Administration & Political Science


Dr. Rich joined the faculty of Cedarville University in 2000. Prior to that, he gained over 20 years of experience working in government, with the majority of that service as a city manager. He has special interest in state and local government, privatization, and the Christian's role in government.

Education and Credentials

  • D.P.A., Western Michigan University
  • M.P.A., University of Dayton
  • B.A. in Speech Communications, Cedarville University
  • Ohio Police Officers Academy, Green County Sheriff’s Department
  • Certified Economic Development Planner, Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA)

Scholarly Works

  • A Heuristic Study of the Decision to Privatize Local Government Services (David L. Rich) Faculty Dissertations (2006)
  • Rendering to God and Caesar: Critical Readings for American Government (Mark Caleb Smith, Jewerl Maxwell, Marc Clauson, et al.) (2014)
  • Elephants, Donkeys, and American Politics (David L. Rich) Torch (2008)
  • Eminent Domain: A Business Perspective (David L. Rich) Proceedings of the American Business Disciplines Annual Conference (2011)  
  • Doing Business with Local Government: Public-Private Partnerships (David L. Rich) Proceedings of the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (2008)

View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Hobbies: bicycling, sailing, and skiing
  • Why I'm at Cedarville: While serving as a City Manager, I realized that as a believer I was able to significantly affect my community and culture for Christ. Yet in assessing the number of believers in the profession, I felt a burden to train and send into government service gatekeepers capable of being salt and light in a political environment that is often hostile to God.