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Robinson emphasized why seeking additional resources is so vital to the University. “We must continue to provide our students with innovative, rigorous, and relevant educational experiences – igniting a spark in them to not only do well for themselves, but also for their fellow students, their communities, and our society in general,” he said.

BUILDING TOGETHER Since beginning his new term as interim president, Robinson has spoken consistently and zealously about the need for a unified focus among the FAMU community, as it is

He underscored that it is important to understand that FAMU’s success goes beyond simply continuing its history of providing life-changing opportunities to its students. He believes the University’s success has a direct impact on the success of our nation and the world. “By working together to build on the foundations of our past, we become the instigators of change and innovation in the realm of higher education. Adhering, without waver, to our core values and vision will allow us to better serve our constituents,” Robinson said. As Robinson calls on Rattlers, near and far, to join him in rising to the occasion in ensuring that FAMU can offer its best to

sustaining its future: and thinking about how to make things better for its students – a nod, perhaps, to his background as a scientist. “In order to compete in today’s higher education landscape, FAMU must continue to push the envelope and find new and unique ways to attract and retain stellar students, and the faculty and staff who help to usher them into their future,” he said.

POSSIBILITIES AND PROMISE When asked about his vision for the University’s future, Robinson said he’s encouraged by the possibilities for FAMU to reach new levels in fostering excellence.

By working together to build on the foundations of our past, we become the instigators of change and innovation in the realm of higher education. crucial to sustaining the University’s legacy and its ability to educate and graduate the next generation of Rattlers. “It is critical that we focus on uniting the FAMU family, ensuring that we recognize the obvious benefits of us all working together to advance the University’s agenda,” he explained. “Together, we must place a major emphasis on the issues that impact our financial well-being, including performance funding metrics, enrollment management, fundraising, funded research, and responsible fiscal management.”

students and the communities it serves, he says that he is also looking inward to make sure that he excels as a leader. “I hope to listen more and talk less; build stronger teams and coalitions; work harder and smarter; and pray more than ever,” he said. His statement is an illustration of his leadership style, and even the shortest encounter with Robinson will quickly give away his approach. He’s always thinking – thinking about how to advance FAMU and how to innovate its programs; thinking about

He explained that FAMU must continue to open its doors to talented students looking for a higher education institution that will embrace them and help them reach their full potential. “I strongly believe that FAMU will continue to be a model for institutions of all types and sizes, and the place to emulate for excellence in student success; innovation in teaching, research, outreach and extension; and exemplary stewardship; operational efficiency; and customer service,” he said. To help FAMU reach its next level, he has 4 A&M MAGAZINE // WINTER 2017 // 9

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Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...

Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...