Greek Life Builds Relationships, Career for Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson
Assistant Dean of Students, Fraternity and Sorority Life

While attending East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., Josh Robinson caught a performance of JSU’s famed Marching Southerners. It was a moment that changed his life forever.

“That immediately drew my attention to this great university,” Robinson said. “I was awarded a music and academic scholarship, and the rest was history.”

It would be Robinson’s experiences on campus that paved his career path. He was involved in various aspects of campus life including Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and JSU Ambassadors. He played mellophone in the Southerners. He was also a Gamecock Orientation Leader, IFC President and Mr. Jax State.

Josh Robinson as a student with Cocky
Josh Robinson, who was a GO! Leader in 2012 and a GO! Leader Coordinator in 2013, with Cocky at Freshman Convocation...
Assistant dean of students for fraternity and sorority life Josh Robinson
... and as Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Josh Robinson with his fraternity brothers during his student days
Robinson as a very involved college student, with his fraternity brothers.

“Throughout my college years I got involved in a lot of areas of campus life and started to think about higher education as a career,” said Robinson, who earned a BS in management in 2014 and an MBA in 2017. “My involvement on campus ultimately led to my current position at JSU.”

Robinson is the assistant dean of students for Fraternity and Sorority Life. His main role is helping JSU’s 20 fraternities and sororities fulfill their mission of helping students find a place of belonging and growth.

Fraternity and Sorority Life educates students about student safety, leadership, academic success skills and the importance of involvement. It’s a job that Robinson felt born to do thanks to his time at JSU as a member of Pi Kappa Phi.

“My fraternity gave me a group of lifelong friends and helped me develop into a better person.”

“My fraternity gave me a group of lifelong friends and helped me develop into a better person,” Robinson said. “I believe that if our organizations are doing what they are supposed to do, they will inspire their members to be the best version of themselves.”

The Greek system is synonymous with college life by providing a vital service.

“Our organizations allow students the opportunity to meet new people, develop their social skills, improve their leadership skills and find a place to belong,” Robinson said. “College can be challenging, but fraternities and sororities create a support system that will help students through the process.”

And there’s more to belonging than tailgating and formals. Last year, JSU fraternities and sororities donated more than $102,000 to charities, volunteered nearly 14,000 hours in the community and achieved an average GPA of 3.29.

Robinson with fellow Southerners at the 2010 Ole Miss game

“Ninety-four percent of our members say they can articulate leadership skills they have gained through membership to a fraternity or sorority and that joining had a positive impact on their life,” Robinson said.

The most challenging aspect of his job is ensuring that everyone understands and follows organizational policy.

“Often these policies are recommended or mandated at the national level and we are responsible for enforcement of these policies,” he said. “Many students may not understand the purpose behind organizational policy, but there is one major theme – student safety.” 

But despite the difficulty of helping young people appreciate the purpose of the rules, what makes Robinson’s job worth while are the people he meets along the way.

Robinson rides a bike as part of a fraternity fundraiser
Robinson rides a stationary bike as part of a fraternity fundraiser.

“The most rewarding part of my job is all of the relationships I am able to foster,” he said. “It is rewarding to watch members of fraternities and sororities graduate and become successful in their careers.” 

Robinson was named JSU’s Young Alum of the Year in 2018.

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