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Nov. 5 , 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU's Robbins honored by Michigan State Board of Education

YPSILANTIJerry Robbins, former dean of the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University, has been honored by the Michigan State Board of Education (MSBE). At the recent Michigan Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE) fall conference in Dearborn, a resolution was passed which commended Robbins for his service to the University and to professional education in the state.

Robbins, of Ann Arbor, served as dean of EMU’s College of Education, one of the largest teacher preparation institutions in the nation, for 13 years. He continues to serve as EMU professor of educational leadership.

“This is an unusual, but highly appreciated, recognition. I am pleased to accept it on behalf of the wonderful people at EMU who have made many good things happen,” said Robbins.

“The State Board of Education expresses its deepest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Robbins for his outstanding leadership to Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education and throughout the field of education in Michigan and our nation,” the resolution reads.

“After many years of dedicated service and leadership to his university, its students and the state, Dr. Robbins has well earned this time to step back and enjoy his deserved retirement. We all are grateful for his many valuable contributions,” said Kathleen Straus, president of the Michigan State Board of Education, which serves as the general planning and coordinating body for all public education.

Robbins’ honors include American Council on Education Fellow, 1977-78; president of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, 1982-84; participant in the Harvard Management Development program, 1990; and president of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, 1998-99.

         Robbins also testified in 2003 before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the state of teacher colleges and other teacher preparation programs in America.

            Robbins has a doctorate and master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hendrix College.


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