Mr. Richard Karsten

In June of 2010, Richard Karsten was appointed President of Archbishop Molloy High School.  Since he graduated from Molloy in 1981, Richard has been a very active alumnus lending his business and communications expertise working on capital campaign "Continuing the Vision" in 1987 and the "Stanners for Life" campaign in 2005. When the school first created the School Board in the 1990s, Richard served as a founding Board Member and provided his leadership on the Public Relations and Marketing Committee for 8 years.

As President Richard possesses a unique perspective having experienced Molloy as a student, alumnus, Board Member and most recently a parent of three Molloy graduates. Working with the faculty, administration and the School Directory, Richard oversees budget & finance, investments, facilities, information technology, capital projects and student recruitment. As the key person responsible for fundraising, he cultivates the financial support that the school needs to assure the future of quality Catholic education in the Marist tradition at Molloy.

Prior to his position as President of Molloy, Mr. Karsten worked in the field of branding, design and communications. For almost 20 years, Richard owned and operated his own creative services firm as Executive Creative Director. The firm's work focused on bringing brands to life through a proven process balancing strategic thinking, creativity and practical implementation. Throughout his career, Richard has produced comprehensive design programs in the areas of brand & corporate identity, retail merchandising and new product development across a wide range of industry sectors such as financial services, fashion, footwear, medical, airline and  telecommunications.

Prior to founding his company in1994, Richard was the Creative Director at Addison and Landor Associates in New York City. He has consulted on global implementation programs with Wolff Olins in London and Hong Kong.

Richard holds a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Richard is a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute, and has been a guest lecturer the School of Visual Arts and the Futures of Education Foundation.

Richard is a native New Yorker and is raising his family in Forest Hills, NY.