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SHSU Vice Provost Mary Robbins, Announces Retirement

April 1, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

MaryRobbinsInsideMary Robbins has announced her decision to retire as vice provost of Sam Houston State University in May 2019 after 29 years of service.

“I hope I’ve given Sam Houston State as much as it has given me,” Robbins said. “I’m thankful for the students, faculty, staff and administrators who make our university a remarkable place to live and work. I look forward to retirement, but will miss my friends and colleagues.”

Robbins joined Sam Houston State in 1990 after completing her doctorate in reading from Texas Woman’s University. As a professor in the College of Education, she was instrumental in establishing professional development school alliances, increasing field-based experiences for pre-service teachers, mentoring doctoral students and creating a student and learning-centered climate.

During her tenure, Robbins has served in numerous administrative roles including department chair of Language, Literacy & Special Populations (2002-2008), interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication (2012-2013), associate vice provost (2013-2017) and her current position as vice provost (2017-present).

According to Provost Richard Eglsaer, the university has made great strides in implementing new student success initiatives under Robbins’ leadership.

“I am most grateful for Mary’s years of service. Impressed with her talents, I encouraged her to apply for the Vice Provost position. Over the years, I have depended upon her counsel and I will miss her political acumen. Although I am happy to see her enthusiasm for the next phase of her career, the university will miss her,” Eglsaer said.

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