Adams State VP student affairs resigns
ADAMS State Vice President of Student Affairs Henry Robinson has resigned his position, according to employees of the university. Robinson will depart at the end of June.
His departure is a setback for Adams State President Cheryl Lovell, who selected Robinson following a national search. He began his position on July 1, 2021, succeeding Ken Marquez, who resigned the position in May 2021 after 17 years in the role.
Robinson’s departure comes as Adams State continues to struggle with attracting undergraduate students, seeing its enrollment fall in each of the past three years of Lovell’s tenure as president.
Lovell has been hampered in her time as president by departing administrators, faculty and staff. She’s been unable to resolve long-simmering tensions and frustrations among faculty and staff at Adams State since her arrival in June 2018 when she was first appointed interim president and then president in February 2019.
Robinson, after spending the past decade at Wayne State University, arrived with a hope that he could bring a fresh perspective to student affairs at Adams State. With a background in counseling and TRIO-Upward Bound programs, Adams State hired Robinson with an expectation that he would help the university fulfill its role as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, strengthen its student-support services programs, and add vigor to student life on campus.
Adams State will bring an interim administrator into the position, according to employees.
note: this story corrects the number of years Ken Marquez was VP for student affairs