MURRAY, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2018) — The College Personnel Association of Kentucky inducted Dr. Don Robertson, vice president of student affairs and assistant professor at Murray State University, into the association’s 2018 Hall of Fame in January.
The College Personnel Association of Kentucky is a state division of the American College Personnel Association. The honor of induction into the Hall of Fame is awarded to individuals who exemplify outstanding leadership and service. Robertson and the rest of his inaugural class were publicly recognized at the induction ceremony that took place Jan. 26 at Transylvania University’s William T. Young Campus Center in Lexington.
“This has only been a highlight of my career, but my career isn’t over yet,” Robertson said. “I still have many things left to accomplish — but this is a great milestone.”
Robertson is a veteran student affairs professional with 43 years of experience. Originally from North Carolina, Robertson always thought he would return home. However, not too long after moving to the small town of Murray did he realize that Murray State was a perfect fit.
“Murray is a great place to be: there are wonderful students to work with, and I’ve been given lots of opportunities,” Robertson said. “I’ve had great people to work with and for, outstanding presidents to serve under and a great staff of colleagues.”
Throughout his 27 years at Murray State, Robertson has accomplished many things and has been afforded the opportunity to expand his responsibilities and take on new challenges, such as establishing new programs and contributing to others.
Robertson began the Women’s Center, enhanced the Multicultural Center, started the fall Great Beginnings program and launched the residential college system. Additionally, Robertson created the Great Beginning’s student leader mentor program along with developing the Midnight Breakfast tradition.
He also established the student personnel graduate program, which originally started as an emphasis area in human development and leadership before becoming an independent master’s and doctoral program. Robertson taught the initial classes and has since contributed to this program by guest speaking. He has also taught classes in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. The assistant professor continued to make connections throughout his career, becoming active internationally by creating partnerships with other campuses and with schools across the world and by recruiting students.
“This is my ideal position and ideal school to do this kind of work,” Robertson said. “I have the best job on campus, I truly believe that. I enjoy coming to work every day. I can’t think of a day I haven’t.”