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Robinson to retire Sept. 1

BOONE—Linda K. Robinson, associate vice chancellor in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance (EDC) at Appalachian State University, has announced plans to retire Sept. 1.

Robinson has more than 31 years of service with the state. She has directed the EDC office since 2002. She also served as acting director from 2000-02 and assistant director from 1997-2000.

Robinson was an assistant coach with Appalachian’s women’s basketball program from 1978-79. She then served five years as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Pembroke State University. Robinson returned to Appalachian in 1984 as head women’s basketball coach, a position she held for 13 years. She served as interim director of athletics from December 2004 to June 20, 2005.

“As the university’s chief diversity officer, Linda has helped guide and advise departments across campus regarding issues related to diversity, compliance, disability services, accessibility and problem resolution,” said Stan Aeschleman, provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian.  “Linda’s contributions to these areas will benefit faculty, staff and students for many years to come. We wish her well as she begins a new and exciting chapter in her life.”

During her tenure in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, Robinson facilitated development of Appalachian’s Policy Prohibiting Harassment. She also instituted and conducted university-wide SPA and supervisory education workshops on harassment and discrimination.

She wrote Appalachian’s mediation policy and procedure for faculty and EPA administrative personnel and served as the coordinator of the EPA mediation program. She had oversight for the university’s Faculty Fellows Program, which is designed to recruit and retain faculty from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and she taught numerous sections of the Freshman Seminar course now known as First Year Seminar.

Robinson also conducted campus-wide educational sessions on AA/EEO/Diversity hiring best practices and facilitated implementation of the university’s Open Door Project, a campus-wide initiative that promotes equality and fairness among all people.