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Robyn Merrick

Robyn Merrick

Guest Moderator, Louisiana Public Square and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs

Robyn Merrick is Southern University's Vice President for External Affairs in Baton Rouge.

Robyn previously provided leadership for the University’s 90,000 alumni serving as Director of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Southern University Alumni Federation. Also at Southern, Robyn co-hosted the University’s radio show, Inside the Southern University System, and is the former co-managing editor of the Southern University System Magazine. Through her career in higher education, she has held several administrative positions as Director of Public Affairs, and Policy Development Coordinator. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Masters in Public Administration and will graduate with a Ph.D. in Public Policy in May. She has conducted and published research in the areas of women’s studies as it relates to women in government and is currently researching Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In addition, Robyn has served as chair of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts Louisiana-East, and is immediate past board chair of the Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Volunteers in Public Schools and WRKF Public Radio.

Robyn is committed to public service and volunteerism with more than 35 years of experience working with religious, civic and nonprofit organizations.