Richard G. Robb

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree: Mr. Richard G. Robb has served on many corporate and civic boards, including the Jane Goodall Institute Board, Charlotte Central YMCA Board and the NC Zoological Society Board, where he was responsible for the betterment of many of the habitants. He has been a member of the NC State Endowment Fund Board and served for eight years on the NC State Board of Trustees. As a member of the Board of Trustees, he chaired the Academic Affairs and Personnel Committee and the Faculty-Trustees Honorary Degree Committee. In his service, Dick helped to redefine the process of Honorary Degree candidate selection, adding prestige to the title and reinvigorating the process. He also helped to initiate the creation of the Campus Design Review Panel at NC State, providing an improved approach to approving projects on campus. Since its first meeting in October 1999, the Panel reviewed 89 projects, ensuring that each project fulfill the Guiding Principles of NC State’s Master Plan. In recognition of his dedication to NC State, Dick was named an honorary NC State alumnus, one of only nine in the institution’s history. Dick is a Trustee and Treasurer of the Park Foundation of Ithaca, New York, and co-manages the Park Foundation’s investment fund, playing an instrumental role in helping to design the Park scholarship program. Dick also has served as a Trustee at Warren Wilson College, where he founded the Environmental Leadership Program. In Avery County, North Carolina, he created a reading program for children, dispensing thousands of books for all children under the age of five for family reading. Dick earned a degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1958, followed by service in the United States Army. Prior to his retirement, Dick worked as the global head of NationsBank’s merger and acquisitions department with offices in Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas and London. Dick is a prominent animal rights advocate and is deeply committed to numerous environmental issues. In 2007, he was named a Significant Sig by Sigma Chi Fraternity. Dick and his wife, Sally, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They have three sons. Richard, Jr. has a degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Karl has a degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David has a Master’s from Duke University and his undergraduate degree from NC State. He spends summers in the mountains of North Carolina, and lives on an island in the Gulf of Mexico during the winter.