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New vice president no stranger to campus

January 14, 2003

Effective Jan. 1, 2003, Austin Peay has a new vice president for finance and administration who already knows the workings of the University.

Mitchell D. Robinson replaced Dr. Bob Adams, who was tapped by Chancellor Charles Manning to serve as vice chancellor for finance for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Robinson, who has been vice president for finance and administration at Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) since 1995, accepted an in-system transfer to APSU.
January 14, 2003

Effective Jan. 1, 2003, Austin Peay has a new vice president for finance and administration who already knows the workings of the University.

Mitchell D. Robinson replaced Dr. Bob Adams, who was tapped by Chancellor Charles Manning to serve as vice chancellor for finance for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Robinson, who has been vice president for finance and administration at Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) since 1995, accepted an in-system transfer to APSU.

During the 2000-01 academic year, he served as APSU interim vice president for finance and administration while on a leave of absence from DSCC.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president, said, “Because of his prior experience within the Austin Peay administration and his extensive knowledge of the TBR system, Mitch hit the ground running with minimal briefing. He proved his capabilities and compatibility during his previous stint at Austin Peay. I am delighted Mitch agreed to return as a member of my leadership team.”

Robinson earned a master's degree in education from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington. He became a certified public accountant in 1983.

As vice president at DSCC and a member of the President's Cabinet, he was responsible for all finance and administration functions, including business, human resources and administrative services, budget, campus security, planning and facilities management. He also provided business, human resources and budgetary services for three Tennessee Technology Centers.

From May 1990 to November 1995, he was director of accounting services for Middle Tennessee State University. Previously, he was MTSU's chief accountant during 1986-90 and internal auditor during 1984-86.

Robinson is chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents' Business Affairs Sub-Council and serves on the Finance and Futures committees. He chaired TBR's Defining Our Future Resources Committee.

Prior to moving to Clarksville, he was on the Dyersburg Kiwanis Club Board of Directors, serving also as treasurer. He was president of the board of directors of Dyersburg Credit Union and on the board of the Dyer County Literacy Council. He was active in the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce.

Named 1987 Civitan of the Year, Robinson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Phi Kappa Phi honorary and the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers.

Robinson participates in several professional organizations and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University Leadership Institute, Dyerburg/Dyer County Leadership Program and the WestStar Leadership Program.

He and his wife, Jenny, have two children, Stephen, 13, and Samantha, 10.