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Sylvia and Roy Robinson

District VI Volunteer of the Year Award
Award Winner


The Robinsons are role models when it comes to volunteerism. They have significantly enriched Kansas State University and higher education throughout the state of Kansas through their thoughtful, yet humble, service and dedication to help others be successful. They are truly a team when it comes to their combined passion for supporting education and their alma mater.

Sylvia's devotion to higher education reaches back many years. Since graduating from K-State in 1971, her volunteer efforts have demonstrated her devotion to be a champion for education. Her involvement and expertise were recognized when she was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents in 1996. Then six years later she was named director of educational policy by then Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. In this capacity, she advised the governor on critical issues impacting the state's education system, which in turn impacted quality of life and economic prosperity for Kansas citizens.  Roy retired from Archer Daniels Midland in March 2009.  He used his background in communication, education and investigation for compliance and ethical matters to help build bridges between the Grain Science Industry Department and the industries it served. 

As their careers progressed and flourished, they continued to expand their giving back to the university through scholarships and active engagement in the K-State Alumni Association, KSU Foundation, and within their respective colleges. In 2004 the Robinsons established diversity scholarships to assist in the recruitment, retention and support of students of diverse backgrounds.  In 2005, they were both recognized as Alumni Fellows, Sylvia for the College of Education and Roy for the College of Agriculture. Roy was subsequently recognized by the Grain Science Department as the Outstanding Alumni of the Year in 2012. Throughout their lives, the Robinsons have remained loyal to their university and to future generations of K-State graduates.