Florida A&M University (FAMU) engineering graduate William H. Robinson, Ph.D., has been named Vanderbilt University’s vice provost for academic advancement and executive director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence.
Robinson, who previously served as interim vice provost of Strategic Initiatives, will continue his role as the leader of Vanderbilt University’s efforts to build and sustain a culture of inclusion, belonging and respect in the university’s trans-institutional research and educational missions, including academic affairs, faculty affairs, admissions, research and more, Vanderbilt’s Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente, Ph.D., said in an announcement.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to continue serving the Vanderbilt community in this new and expanded leadership capacity,” Robinson said. “As we seek to innovate, discover and create a better world, we must understand that our success is based on us first working to create a welcoming, inclusive community that recognizes the humanity in each of us and embraces differences with respect.”
Robinson, who joined the Vanderbilt University in 2003 as an assistant professor, became the first African American to earn promotion with tenure in the School of Engineering’s history in 2010. He became the first African American to earn promotion to professor in 2018.
After graduating from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1996, Robinson went on to receive his master’s in electrical engineering and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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