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Dr. Douglas Robinson Retiring? Not This Year!

Dr. Doug Robinson

Dr. Doug Robinson

It was a beautiful early summer day in June when we first heard the news. Shock. Disbelief. Sadness. Feelings flooded the hearts and minds of the Student Services managers when we heard the news of Vice President Doug Robinson’s retirement. News spread quickly across campus creating a buzz of gossip and concern. Doug had been a fixture on the campus for decades. What would we do without him? We knew his retirement would come sometime…but not this year.

As the old saying goes, time heals all wounds. Over the next several weeks, we became accustomed to the pending departure of Doug. Worried? Yes. Filled with anxiety? Maybe. But we were beginning to adjust to the thought of a future without our fearless leader. What would that future look like? We accepted his call to carry on, but it would not be easy. There was so much happening this year. A presidential search. Economy rebounding. Enrollment increasing. Of all years, this was the year for strong leadership. A year for transition? Not this year.

The campus pulled together in August to celebrate Doug’s legacy at CSULB. Students, faculty, staff and alumni all gathered to honor the man they respected and loved. The fun, light-hearted event celebrated Doug’s significant and numerous accomplishments, while sprinkling in some perfect jabs quite fitting for a roast. This great event was quintessential Doug: funny, sarcastic, witty, while also touching, supportive and poignant. Hearing the previous student leaders recount how he changed their lives forever stirred our emotions again. Calls for Doug to stay on campus flowed through the ballroom. “One more year, Doug.” “Don’t leave.” Not this year.

Dr. Dave Edwards

Dr. Dave Edwards

And now, we move on. This ever-changing campus continues to reach great heights and sets the standard by which many universities are judged. The Student Services Division continues to excel by providing outstanding services to our students. New residential dining facilities have opened.

Brand new student programs have been created. A great interim vice president has stepped up. Services to students have never been better. How could this be? How could great things be happening this year without the leadership of the outstanding Doug Robinson? Of all years, we can’t be having success this year. But maybe this was Doug’s plan. Maybe this was his doing all along. He always talked about the importance of hiring great people. He ensured that a solid infrastructure was in place for outstanding services and programs. This was his master plan…that the year he leaves and for years to come, his legacy of great student services continues. There might have been a year when the students would have suffered because of the departure of someone like Doug Robinson. But not with his legacy of leadership. Not this university. And…not this year.

Vice President Douglas Robinson bobble heads

Bobble heads went to contributors to the Douglas W. Robinson Student Success Scholarship.

The Robinson Legacy

During his 22 years as Vice President of Student Services, Doug Robinson's exemplary leadership and commitment to student success helped thousands of CSULB students succeed in college and become productive members of our community. We are grateful for his service and we know that his efforts will continue to touch the lives of students for decades to come.
Living up to the high standard of his favorite motto, “We’re making a difference in the lives of our students,” Robinson’s leadership helped pave the way for vital student services programs and the construction of modern learning facilities, including the:

  • Accessible Instructional Material Center for Student Success;
  • BEACH Pathways program for low income students;
  • Institute for Educational Leadership;
  • Student Learning Outcomes, Partners for Success, and the Protégé mentoring programs;
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center;
  • Kaleidoscope, which brought the Long Beach community to campus;
  • University Student Union improvements; and
  • the campus-based U.S. Passport Office Application and Acceptance Office that ensures all students have an opportunity to graduate with a diploma in one hand and a passport to the world in the other.

2009 ground breaking ceremony for the SRWC

Present for the January 2009 groundbreaking ceremony for the Student Recreation and Wellness Center were (from left) Dave Edwards, Associated Students Inc.; then President King Alexander; Erin Swetland, Associated Students Inc.; Andrea Taylor, University Relations and Development; Doug Robinson, Student Services; and Richard Haller, Associated Students, Inc.

In August, the Douglas W. Robinson Student Success Scholarship was established to honor former Vice President Robinson and to recognize his skillful leadership and dedication to student success. The scholarship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students who maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. Applicants must submit a 1,000 word personal statement describing a learning experience outside the classroom that has had a positive impact on his/her life. Examples include participation in a Student Services program or event, community involvement, athletic involvement, etc. We anticipate that the scholarship will be awarded to two to four worthy students each year in perpetuity.

Individuals interested in donating to the scholarship fund may go to Select Student Services as the recipient for the scholarship and type “Doug Robinson Student Success Scholarship” in the comment section. If you wish to apply for the scholarship, contact the Center for Scholarship Information at (562) 985-2549 or go to