Jan King Robinson

Board of Trustees Chair, Elizabeth City State University

Jan King Robinson, JD, currently serves on the Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees. She has been a member of the board for the past 6 years, and served as Chair for 2 years.  Ms. Robinson became the first woman in the schools’ 128 year history to serve as the Chair.

Her professional life has spanned 33 years between two career paths in healthcare and higher education administration.  The commonality between the two careers has been her commitment to improving equal access to these respective services and opportunities for all communities.

During Ms. Robinson’s 18 year career in healthcare administration, she held positions at Sentara Albemarle Hospital, the former Albemarle Hospital, as Interim President, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Clinical Services, Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development.  Prior to becoming a hospital administrator, Ms. Robinson served as an Assistant Dean and Professor in the Davis School of Business & Economics at Elizabeth City State University for five years.  She has taught as an adjunct professor of Communications at Loyola University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and Hinds Community College in Pearl, Mississippi.

A broad background in business and service line development became a driving force in Ms. Robinson’s early career decisions to serve as the Vice President of Operations for the behavioral health divisions of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, and subsequently in the same role for  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Pennsylvania.  She was an employment law attorney in Baltimore, and has served as the Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate School of Business and the Assistant Director of  Upward Bound at Loyola University of Chicago.  Ms. Robinson is a certified diversity trainer through The American Institute on Managing Diversity, Inc., and received her mediation certification from the Justice Center of Atlanta.  During her career she has served on many local and national boards.  Ms. Robinson earned her B.A. in Communications from Stanford University, M.A. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Following her retirement from Hospital Administration, she has served as a senior consultant with The Synergy Organization specializing in executive recruitment, executive coaching, high performance team development, and strategic planning.  In addition to serving on the ECSU Board of Trustees, she is the owner of The Space In Between Yoga Studio and focuses on accessible and restorative yoga for all communities.

She is married to Dr. Denauvo Robinson. They have two children and two grandchildren who inspire them everyday to serve those institutions, programs, and people who are actively working to provide the very best opportunities for the growth and development of all citizens.