Edward M. Robinson, Class of 1986
Bucknell University 2001 Alumni Association Award
Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of the last 15 years whose professional accomplishments, service to alma mater, and/or selfless and caring work to benefit society are distinctive.
While pursuing a bachelor's degree in English, Ed Robinson served as student body and Bucknell Student Government president, a member of the Presidential Search Committee, co-chair of the Student Lectureship Committee, and chairman of the Class of 1986 Senior Gift Drive. He also was a member of the Minority Student Union, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and a student athletic trainer.
Since graduation, he has carried on that strong tradition of involvement with Bucknell and has been a financial supporter of the university for 15 consecutive years. The founding chairman of the Bucknell Black Alumni Association, he was a member of the BAA Board of Directors from 1986-95. He has been an alumni admissions volunteer and the Class of '86 reunion gift chair.
He began his professional endeavors in the nation's capital where he served as a legislative aide for the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania. He then transitioned into a career in development, serving Georgetown, Harvard, and the University of Virginia in varying fund-raising capacities, including director of development for the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
He served a brief stint with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a national think tank focusing on issues affecting minorities, and soon thereafter accepted General Colin Powell's invitation to join him at America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth as vice president for development.