The Richard Richards Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct at Weber State University promotes ethical behavior at all levels of government and business. The Institute teaches and inspires ethical leadership, encourages active participation in public service, promotes political reform and provides scholarships to students interested in local, national and world politics.
"I want to demonstrate, through my life's own experiences, that young people with reasonable ability, a strong desire to do well, the patience to build from one strength to the next, and a willingness to work hard can become major players in the political organizations of the United States. It is not easy. It takes commitment and some sacrifice, but it can be done. … At a time when the future of democracy seems precarious, I feel strongly about lifting an affirming voice for its values."
– Richard Richards, former chairman of the Republican National Committee