Lamar University names Mark Robinson as new CFO

Lamar University President Jaime Taylor has announced that Mark Robinson, an experienced higher education leader and financial officer, has been named the university’s new chief financial officer. Robinson was selected for the position following a national search led by the university and will begin his new role on Oct. 1.

With more than 35 years of financial leadership in higher education and corporate sectors, Robinson will oversee financial services departments, shared business services and the university’s operating budget. He also will work closely with the university president and senior leadership to ensure that Lamar University maintains its exceptional financial standing to support growth, innovation and student success. mark-robinson-cfo-announcement.jpg

“I am extremely honored to join Lamar University,” Robinson said. “I am excited to be a part of the Cardinal family and be instrumental in implementing the vision that President Taylor has for the University. I look forward to meeting and partnering with my new colleagues."

Lamar University President Jaime Taylor said, “Mark Robinson has the expertise and the experience necessary to help Lamar University thrive during a very turbulent time in Higher Education. I could not be more excited that Lamar University was able to recruit someone of his caliber to be our new CFO.”

Robinson comes to Lamar University after serving as the senior vice president for finance/chief financial officer at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia since 2016. Within that role, he was responsible for the overall financial strength and stability of the institution and held direct leadership over multiple offices including budget, accounts payable/payroll, financial information technology, bursar/student financial systems, shared services and accounting.  Robinson also was responsible for control systems designed to preserve organization assets, report accurate financial results, monitor adherence to the budget and develop long-term financial and operational strategies.

Prior to his role as senior vice president for finance/chief financial officer at Marshall University, Robinson served as executive director of Business Operations at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. He developed, managed and analyzed a $40 million operating budget for eight academic departments and eight administrative departments while being tabbed with overseeing fiscal management, human resources, information technology and facilities management, including space allocation.

Robinson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Fairmont State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami School of Business Administration.