The daughter of a Justice Court Judge and a public school teacher, Robin Robinson was born and raised in rural Jones County in the Antioch Community between Glade and Myrick, the fourth generation to live in this area.
Robin has served as a respected community leader, education advocate, volunteer, trailblazer, and director for the only Fortune 1000 company headquartered within the state of Mississippi. A graduate of Northeast Jones High School, Jones County Junior College, and the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. After graduating from USM, Robin began her 40-year career at Sanderson Farms. Robin was a trailblazer for female leadership within the company and the poultry industry as a whole. From her very first day of work at Sanderson Farms, Robinson made history by being named the first female Cost Accountant, the first female Chief Accountant, Chief Internal Auditor, Manager of Human Resources, Manager of Organization Development, and the first female member of the company’s Executive Committee.
Although the first 16 years of Robinson’s career were dedicated to understanding the numbers that make Sanderson Farms successful through the accounting and auditing sides of the business, she dedicated the majority of her career to recruiting and developing the people necessary to make the company successful. Much like her educator parents, Robin recognized early in her career that education is the key to helping people realize success. As Director of Organization Development and Corporate Communication for Sanderson Farms, Robin was responsible for employee training and development, corporate communication, translation services, strategic planning, and employee recruiting, Robin served as chairman of the company’s Corporate Compensation Committee, Wage and Salary Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Robin’s passion for improving higher education within the state of Mississippi never wavered throughout her career. A life-long advocate for education, Robin currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Jones County Junior College Foundation. Robin has also served on the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association’s International Board of Directors and the Business Advisory Council. Other leadership appointments in the field of education include serving as President of the Institution of Higher Learning Board of Trustees; Chairman of Leadership Mississippi; and Chair of the M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation, which oversees Mississippi Economic Council’s Star Student and Star Teacher recognition programs as well as the Leadership Mississippi program; member of the Board of Directors for the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, as well as served on the External Advisory Committee for the University of Mississippi Medical Center Neuro Institute. She is also a current member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi.
As a result of her dedication to furthering educational opportunities for all Mississippians, Robinson was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame and named the 2017 Boardman Alumna of the Year for the College of Business, as well as being named a 2014 Honored Alumnus for Jones County Junior College.
In addition to promoting educational opportunities for all Mississippians, Robin actively consults with various state, local and civic organizations to develop strategic solutions designed to create economic opportunities throughout the state. Robin currently serves on the Mississippi Aquarium Board and has served as Chair of the Mississippi Economic Council; Chair of the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region; President of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Services; President of the United Way of the Pine Belt; Chairman of the Board of Directors and National President of Business and Professional Women/USA; Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the BPW/USA Foundation; President of the Mississippi Federation of Business and Professional Women; as well as served on the Board of Directors for the Dixie Electric Power Association. Robin also served as the 2019 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Chair.
Robin was appointed by Governor Barbour to serve on the College Board and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Services. Also, by appointment of the Governor, Robin served on the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Mississippi Gaming Commission and the Mississippi Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Study Committee.
Robin has been named as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Most Influential People, Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women, awarded the Most Distinguished Alumnae Award by the Mississippi-Louisiana Phi Theta Kappa, awarded the Economic Development Authority of Jones County’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year award, named Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts, awarded the Woman of Excellence Award by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, as well as being recognized for outstanding leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association; the Mississippi YWCA, as a “Woman Who Makes a Difference”; and as one of America’s 2000 Notable Women.