Dr. Robinson served as director of FAMU's Environmental Sciences Institute from 1997
to 2003, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2005 and vice
president for Research in 2009.
Dr. Robinson's recent honors include an appointment in July 2018 to serve on the national
STEM Education Advisory Panel. Congress authorized the creation of the panel to encourage
U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education.
Dr. Robinson is actively engaged in research with students and faculty as the director
and principal investigator of the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. The Center
was established in September 2016 with a $15.4 million award from the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program. FAMU is leading
the partnership and collaborating with five universities to make a major impact on
coastal and marine ecosystems education, science and policy.
From 2001 to 2010, Dr. Robinson served as director of the NOAA Environmental Cooperative
Science Center housed at FAMU. His research interests include environmental chemistry,
environmental radiochemistry, and environmental policy and management.
In 2007-2009, Dr. Robinson served as senior scientific advisor at the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. In
May 2010, he took a leave of absence from FAMU to serve in a U.S. Senate-confirmed
position as assistant secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management at NOAA. While
there, he supported and managed NOAA's coastal and marine programs, including marine
sanctuaries for preserving areas of special national significance, fisheries management,
and preparation of nautical charts. He also supported NOAA's participation in addressing
the BP oil spill crisis, and served on the Ocean Policy Task Force and Gulf Coast
Restoration Task Force.
In November 2011, Dr. Robinson was asked to return to the University as a special
assistant to the president and professor to coordinate administrative and eminent
scholar searches and integrate Graduate Studies and Title III Programs within the
Division of Sponsored Research. He was later asked to chair the University's Crisis
Management Team, which addressed a number of issues, including anti-hazing efforts.
He was selected again as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs in March
Dr. Robinson began his career at FAMU in January 1995 as a visiting professor in the
Environmental Sciences Institute and later became director of the Institute in January
From 1984 – 1997, he served as a research scientist and group leader of a neutron
activation analysis facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His research
responsibilities at ORNL included trace element analysis in environmental science,
epidemiology, forensics, material science and paleontology. His expertise also includes
environmental radiochemistry, nuclear safeguards, and non-proliferation.
Dr. Robinson attended Lemoyne-Owen College, earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry
(summa cum laude) from Memphis State University and a doctorate in nuclear chemistry
from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.