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Dr. Prezell Russell Robinson

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Board Chairman

AACC Amphitheater

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • junior college degrees
    Voorhees College
  • doctoral degree
  • undergraduate degree Degree
    St. Augustine's College
  • master's Degree
  • honorary degrees
    NC State University
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Untitled Document, 12 Jan 2015 [cached]
Dr. Prezell Robinson, Board Chairman
Dr. Prezell Robinson is a seasoned educator having served as President of St. Augustine's College in Raleigh for 36 years. Currently, he serves as President Emeritus and an Instructor of Anthropology. He is a visiting fellow at Harvard University and serves on the President's Committee for Race Relations. Prezell Robinson served in the US Army (World War II), earned a Masters of Arts Degree and a Doctorate from Cornell University in NY and holds eight Honorary Doctorates from universities in America and Africa. Prezell's administrative leadership experience, his service on numerous Boards and Task Forces, and his global travels greatly equip him fo rthe challenge of the AACC. He embarks upon the monumental task of heading up the museum's Capital Development Program.
Dr. Prezell Russell ..., 18 July 2014 [cached]
Dr. Prezell Russell Robinson
Dr. Prezell Robinson A legendary educator and renowned civic leader, Dr. Prezell Russell Robinson took St. Augustine's College to new heights during his long tenure as its President, and has promoted education on a worldwide stage throughout his prolific career.
Robinson grew up as one of nine children in Batesburg, South Carolina. He earned his high school and junior college degrees at Voorhees College, and served in the US Army during World War II. After the war, Robinson earned his undergraduate degree at St. Augustine's College, and master's and doctoral degrees at Cornell.
Robinson returned to St. Augustine's as a professor of sociology, and served as executive dean before his appointment as president in 1965. Under his visionary leadership, St. Augustine's achieved national recognition and became one of the best colleges of its size in the state. A successful fundraiser, Robinson oversaw a twenty-fold increase in the endowment. In 1988, he was celebrated by his peers as one of the most effective college presidents in the nation.
Robinson is a powerful champion for education at the state, national, and international levels. He served as president of the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and vice chairman of the North Carolina Board of Education. He served on the board of the International Association of University Presidents, and as a trustee of Voorhees College. Dr. Robinson held leadership roles within the US Department of State for over 25 years, including US Visiting Lecturer in more than 20 countries. He was appointed as Public Ambassador to the General Assembly of the United Nations by Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Clinton.
An energetic civic servant, Robinson provided leadership to the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wachovia Bank of North Carolina, and as Advancement Chairman of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is an active member of the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church Pension Fund.
In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Robinson has received honorary degrees from twelve colleges and universities including Voorhees and St. Augustine's, Shaw University, Cuttington University in Liberia, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Columbia University in New York City, and NC State University. He was a Fulbright Fellow to India in 1965. He has received myriad awards from civic and governmental bodies, including Liberia's Star of Africa, and the title of President Emeritus from the Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine's College. He was selected by BellSouth as one of the twelve most outstanding African-American natives of South Carolina in 1998, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Upon Robinson's retirement from the NC Board of Education, the organization renamed its Challenge Scholars Program in his honor. The Prezell R. Robinson Scholars Program encourages high school students to consider careers in education, an enduring tribute to Dr. Robinson's legacy of leadership in education.
Voorhees College Welcomes Monroe As Seventh President, 7 May 2001 [cached]
Currently serving as Voorhees' interim president is Dr. Prezell Robinson, treasurer of the institution's Board of Trustees.
An alumnus of Voorhees and Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, Robinson served as president of Saint Augustine's from 1967 to 1995, and was named President Emeritus of the institution upon his retirement.Prior to his presidency, he also served for a decade as Saint Augustine's Executive Dean.Robinson's elevation from an academic post to executive leadership position motivated advancement at Saint Augustine's, where facilities and physical plant service were expanded; academic programs were broadened and enriched; faculty size was increased and student enrollment was nearly doubled.
Robinson has served in numerous leadership capacities for organizations including the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.He was appointed by former President George Bush as Public Member Ambassador to the 47th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations and was re-appointed by former President Bill Clinton to that position in 1996.
About Voorhees CollegeVoorhees College is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church.From its founding in 1897, Voorhees has evolved into a leading four-year liberal arts college fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.Voorhees is fully committed to its mission to meet the highest standards for educating the minds, hearts and spirits of young men and women.
Contact, 19 Sept 2010 [cached]
Dr. Prezell R. Robinson, Chairman President Emeritus Saint Augustine's College
About Us, 27 Oct 2008 [cached]
Dr. Prezell R. Robinson, Chairman President Emeritus St. Augustine's College
(From left: Robert L. Robinson, RBTC Executive Director; Dr. Prezell R. Robinson, President Emeritus, St. Augustine's College, and RBTC Chairman; Dr. E. Walton Jones, former RBTC Executive Director.)
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