Speaker Profile


Ric Cannada

is Chancellor Emeritus of Reformed Theological Seminary

About Ric Cannada

Dr. Robert C. (Ric) Cannada, Jr. is Chancellor Emeritus of Reformed Theological Seminary.

For over 10 years Ric led RTS as Chancellor with five residential campuses in Jackson, MS; Orlando, FL; Charlotte, NC; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, GA; and one degree-granting extension campuses in Boca Raton, FL; a degree-granting Virtual Campus (distance education) based in Charlotte, NC; and three international Doctor of Ministry degree programs in Korea, Scotland, and Brazil.

Known personally as Ric, Dr. Cannada is a native of Jackson, MS, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He completed his post-graduate studies at RTS receiving the degrees of Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.

Ric’s service to the Lord also includes twenty years of experience as a Presbyterian pastor in Clinton, SC; Little Rock, AR; and Macon, GA. In 1993, Dr. Cannada accepted the position of Senior Vice President to provide leadership for the development and establishment of the RTS—Charlotte campus in NC. He was named Executive Vice President of the RTS system of campuses in 1998 and President of the RTS system in 2002. He became RTS Chancellor and CEO in 2004 when the seminary restructured to establish presidents on each campus under Ric’s overall leadership. In 2012, Ric became Chancellor Emeritus and still serves RTS in a variety of ways.

Ric and his wife, Rachel, have two children and seven grandchildren.