Gregory D. Robinson is a seasoned student-development professional with 25 years of experience in higher education. He is the Dean of Student Services and Development at Elgin Community College (ECC). He also held positions as a Professional Counselor and Associate Professor in Social Science at Harry S. Truman College and the Dean of Students at Olive-Harvey College (OHC). Gregory served as a faculty advisor, mentor and coordinator to several student clubs, organizations and programs including but not limited to the African-American Male Retention / Support Group, Black Student Organization, Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILS-AMP) Program, TRiO Support Services Program, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology.
Throughout his tenure in higher education, Gregory has been recognized for his work with student organizations, as an administrator, and for his academic achievements. Gregory received the Phi Theta Kappa Horizon and Paragon Advisor Awards between 1998 and 2008, was the Distinguished Administrator at Olive-Harvey College (2009-2010), a recipient of the National Resource Center Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award (2012-2013), and of the 2015 Advancement in Education Award, sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Black Alumni Network (BAN). Recently, he received the 2017 Illinois State University’s Department of Educational Administration and Foundation Edward R. Hines Endowed Scholarship for Higher Education Doctoral Students and the 2017 Illinois Community College System Administrative Leadership Scholarship for his dissertation proposal.
Gregory is a life-long learner, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling: Organizational Counseling from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. He also completed several post-graduate courses in Counselor Education and Educational Administration at various Illinois universities including a graduate-level Career Specialist Certification from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Higher Education Administration at Illinois State University. Gregory is a member of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Illinois Council of Community College Administrators (ICCCA), Illinois Community College Chief Student Services Officers (ICCCSSO), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves on the Board of the Youth Leadership Academy (Elgin, IL).