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Internationally recognized authority in rural and community development Kathleen Robinson receives 2015 Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award

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DENTON – Texas Woman’s University alumna and world-renowned expert in rural and community development Kathleen Robinson, Ph.D., retired Clemson University research professor/director of the Clemson University’s Center on Neighborhood Development in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, is the 2015 recipient of the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. She is being honored for her distinguished career in education and community development.

“TWU provided the skills and knowledge that I have used throughout my career, particularly in the construction of training programs and curriculums for community-based organizations and government, university and nonprofit leaders,” Robinson said. “My graduate assistantship while at TWU provided a wealth of experience in curriculum construction, experimental teaching and research. The foundational skills and understanding gained through that experience were invaluable.”

During her forty-year career, Robinson worked in development of community and regional support systems for at risk families, children and youth organizations, community-based literacy systems, holistic family centers and nonprofit human services organizations. In addition, her focus has been on systems-based approaches to community planning and policy development and social impact assessments of various community change projects.

Robinson received her master’s degree in curriculum and supervision from TWU in 1970, then immediately became vice president of programs and publications and directed the redevelopment of an international, interdenominational girls club and camping organization that also provided leadership development for women working with girls in after-school programs. This multi-million dollar program modernized affiliated, culturally adapted programs in the U.S. and 32 other countries.

She also has a bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute and a Ph.D. in education from Michigan State University.

Robinson has testified several times before the U.S. Congress, various state legislative bodies and the United Nations. She also has consulted with government agencies, private sector and non-profit agencies and 28 international organizations. Having traveled and worked in 151 countries, she is a recognized leader in rural community development in a variety of national and cultural contexts.

She retired in 2009 from Clemson University as a research professor and director of the Center on Neighborhood Development in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. She also was the director of the South Carolina Nonprofit Leadership Center. She currently lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Established in 2011, the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award recognizes TWU graduates for exceptional accomplishment in a career field and/or public service. In addition, recipients have had national and/or international involvement and recognition.

Selection for this prestigious annual award is determined by a representative committee of university faculty, administrators, alumni and students.

Recipients are honored permanently on a recognition wall in the foyer of Hubbard Hall on the TWU Denton campus. Honorees for this award are invited to the TWU campus location where their degree was awarded to share their expertise and experiences with faculty and students. Robinson will be making her presentation at TWU Sept. 21.

Previous Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Honorees are:

• Pat Costner, International Greenpeace Scientist
• Angienetta Johnson, Ph.D., NASA Administrator
• Captain Maggie Richards, Ph.D., U.S. Navy (retired)
• Deneese L. Jones, Ph.D., Provost, Drake University
• Nancy Moody, Ph.D., President, Tusculum College
• Holly Williams, Associate Dean, University of Texas at Austin School of Fine Arts

Funding for the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award is provided by Ann Stuart, Ph.D., TWU Chancellor and President Emerita. Ann Stuart came to TWU in 1999 as the 10th president for the University. She retired in 2014 as Chancellor and President, having brought significant changes to the University. In retirement, she supports a number of interests, including TWU scholarships, other TWU interests, the arts, nature, wildlife, food and shelter for the less fortunate, and animal rescue and care.

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