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students; I figured this (FAMU) was the right place to be because of their talent and their ambition,” Robinson said. The time he spent sharing his story with the students in the conference room on that October day was symbolic. As he paused to take photos with the group, the smile on his face and the delight in his eyes, made it obvious that he had no regrets about accepting the offer of former President Frederick Humphries, Ph.D., to join the FAMU family in January 1997. “There is something special about FAMU that I have known and felt long before I set foot on the campus,” Robinson said. “Without a place like FAMU, in my personal history, I can’t even dare to begin to think how my life would have gone.” Since then, Robinson’s work as a professor, researcher, and director in the then-Environmental Sciences Institute from 1997 to 2003, and his service as vice president for Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2005 and in 2012, has embodied the University’s mantra, “Excellence with Caring” – which he calls “FAMU’s special venom.” Robinson’s passion for his work, coupled with his exemplary leadership style and experience, is what led to his selection by the Board of Trustees to help strengthen and transition the University as interim president in 2007 and again from 2012-2014. Robinson was appointed in September 2016 to lead a third time. Robinson does not take the confidence placed in him lightly. Since his return to Lee Hall as interim president, Robinson has been meeting with stakeholders, identifying new opportunities, and traveling the country with the goal of bolstering the University’s ability to support and execute its mission. A key component to his efforts is unifying the Rattler family around the common goal of student success, he says. “We must focus on the success of our students,” said Robinson, during an interview after landing in Tallahassee from a trip to meet with Congress members. He, along with several HBCU presidents, discussed the need for additional resources for students at historically Black, land-grant universities.

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