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Beloved Fourth President's Homegoing

Dr. Robinson at a commencement ceremony giving a diploma to a graduate.
Accent Fall 2017

Dr. Edwin H. Robinson, fourth president of MidAmerica Nazarene University, went home to be with the Lord May 27, 2017.He was 65. Dr. Ed, as he was known by the Pioneer community, was loved and held in high regard by thousands of students, faculty, pastors and leaders.

During his service at MNU, Dr. Robinson encouraged the faith of many students. His was a steadfast and gracious example: He listened, shared meals, opened his home, talked baseball with students and sang boisterously in chapel. Each relationship he invested in was, from his perspective, an investment in the Kingdom.

From 2005 to 2011, he led the launch of multiple new programs, and the construction and dedication of Spindle Residence Hall and Bell Cultural Events Center. He was an active presence across campus, enjoying athletic events, choir and band performances and frequently eating lunch with students.

"Dr. Robinson faithfully served his Lord and, as president of MidAmerica Nazarene University, led with a passion to serve others, fierce courage and a deeply committed purpose,” said MNU President David Spittal. “I was honored to know him as a colleague and friend and his legacy will continue to be remembered for years to come.”

Dr. Robinson’s career included leadership positions at both Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and at churches in California and Kansas.

Holding degrees from NNU, NTS, and a doctorate in educational studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dr. Robinson was a gifted writer who published numerous articles and authored three books. He lectured in numerous venues around the world and consulted for a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Dr. Robinson leaves behind his wife, Nancy, and two daughters: Kimberly Lovitt and Kelly Robinson.

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