Radford University has appointed Dr. Deborah J. Robinson as vice president for university advancement, effective March 5. Dr. Robinson brings to the job more than seventeen years of experience in advancement and development in higher education and the non-profit sector. She recently received her Ph.D. in higher education leadership and strategic leadership from Florida Atlantic University.
Previously, Dr. Robinson has served as the associate vice president for advancement at Florida Atlantic University, the vice president for institutional advancement at the Vermont Law School, the assistant head of school for advancement at Kimball Union Academy, and the assistant director for alumni relations and annual giving at Dartmouth College Medical School.
“Dr. Robinson certainly brings to Radford University the qualifications to lead our advancement efforts,” said President Penelope Kyle. “For the last seventeen years she has been a successful and respected leader in a variety of fundraising positions in higher education and other academic and non-profit environments. She has expressed to me her desire to enhance the private financial support of our university at an important time in our history, and I look forward to working with her as we embark upon Radford University’s second century of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to join Radford University,” said Dr. Robinson. “Through building a highly professional and productive advancement effort, we will garner vital resources that support the faculty in their teaching and research, provide scholarships and service to support students, engage alumni in new and creative ways, and share the special stories of success for Radford.”
In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Granite State College and a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Florida Atlantic University.