- M.M., Master of Music, University of Michigan, 1974
- B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, University of Michigan, 1973
Gwyn Richards served as David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from the end of 1999 until mid-2020. He served as Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Jacobs from 1992.
Prior to Indiana University he served as Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Choral Music at the University of Southern California, Assistant Dean of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rice University, Director of Choral Activities at McGill University in Montreal, and as a young music faculty member at Montana State University–Northern.