2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

This award recognizes an alumna/us who has made a distinctive and unique contribution to his or her profession and to society.

Robin Mead '72

Robin Mead earned an associate’s degree from Colby-Sawyer College in 1972, and a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary in 1975. Upon graduation, she worked as a professional golfer, both as a touring pro and as an assistant pro at a private country club.

Currently, Robin serves as the property manager and secretary/treasurer for the Mead/JRRR Corporation in Endicott, New York, a privately-held, family-owned company. Her company is involved with venture capital investment, real estate management and development, and oil/gas drilling.

Robin serves on the board of United Health Services Foundation and the Binghamton University Athletic Association. In 2010, Robin received the Girl Scouts of NY-Penn Pathways, Inc. Woman of Distinction award and the Health Leadership Award from the United Health Services Foundation. Both awards recognize Robin's work in her community in healthcare and education, and an appreciation of her personal and professional achievements.

At Colby-Sawyer Robin has been a devoted alumna and a phenomenal volunteer. She served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2007. She joined the Board again in 2008 and her term officially ended last May. During her Board tenure she served on and chaired numerous committees. Just prior to the end of her tenure she served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, as well as chair of the Advancement Committee. She served on the presidential search committee in 2005-2006, and also served on the presidential search committee that led to the appointment of Susan D. Stuebner as president in 2016.

Robin has been a class agent and a reunion chair, and has attended numerous Colby-Sawyer events and functions. Her support for her alma mater goes beyond the generosity of her time and talent. Robin has truly made Colby-Sawyer a philanthropic priority. While she is a loyal donor to the Colby-Sawyer fund and has supported many capital initiatives, Robin seriously considers how her philanthropy will have the greatest impact on our students. To that end, she has established funds that allow the college to provide transportation assistance for students, and she was recently instrumental in providing a new home in Ware Student Center for The Stable, the college’s store.

In talking about her experience at Colby Junior College, Robin shared how the college helped her develop the confidence to become a leader. “I was never afraid to ask a challenging question or step into a leadership role — and that confidence has served me ever since,” she said.