Agnew receives SCCPA award

Posted on November 16, 2011

Dr. Robyn Agnew, center, with Dr. Jason Umfress of Coker College, left, and Jason Brown of Clemson University

Vice President for Student Services Dr. Robyn Agnew has received the Clarice W. Johnson Outstanding Professional Award from the South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA).

The purpose of the award, according to the SCCPA, is “To recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs by a ‘seasoned’ professional.”

Nominees for the award must be members of the SCCPA; must have more than five years’ professional experience in student affairs; and “must have provided outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs, preferably in South Carolina.”

Agnew was recognized at an awards luncheon Oct. 21 as part of the SCCPA Fall 2011 Conference. Erskine’s Dean of Students Dr. Bryan Rush, who nominated Agnew, noted that “Connecting at the Core” was the theme of this year’s conference.

“Robyn has a passion and commitment for connecting to the students at Erskine College,” Rush said. “This award is a testament to the professionalism and compassion she displays on a daily basis by balancing her roles of administrator, educator, and student advocate.”

A 1984 graduate of Erskine College, Agnew has served her alma mater in several capacities, beginning with six years in the Office of Admissions after graduation. She has worked in the Office of Student Services since 1996 and was dean of students before being appointed vice president in 2009. Altogether, she has served Erskine for more than 20 years.

Agnew received the M.Ed. from The Citadel in 1991 and the Ed.D. from Auburn University in 1994. In addition to her work at Erskine, she served from 1994 to 1996 as visiting professor of health education at The Citadel.