Lynn Robbins, Ph.D

Phone (859) 257-7286
Fax (859) 257-7290

319 Charles E. Barnhart Building
Lexington KY 40546

Curriculum Vitae
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Professional Profile


International Program Administration

Agricultural Business Marketing and Management

Organizational and Behavioral Management

Systems Science and Operations

Food and Agribusiness Retailing

Supply Chain Management

College Administration

Departmental Administration


2011-Present, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics,University of Kentucky. Responsible for researching, teaching, and student advising in agribusiness marketing, and management, supply chain management, and cooperatives.

1996-2011, Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky. Responsible for administering twenty five faculty, eighteen research or extension associates and area specialists plus support staff. The regular budget is in excess of $2.7 million plus $1 million in grants and contracts.

1989-1996, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, New Mexico State University (NMSU). Provided leadership for academic programs (1500 graduate and undergraduate students), developed program priorities, acquired and allocated resources, managed personnel (150 faculty, 40 Instructional FTE), and funds.

1986-1989, Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University. Responsible for administering a department with 16 faculty, 190 undergraduate and 60 graduate students with a budget of approximately $1.2 million.

1975-1986, Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Marketing and Management  University of Kentucky. Responsible for researching, teaching, and student advising in food distribution, cooperatives, logistics, operations research techniques, agribusiness marketing, and management.

1985-1986, Director of Graduate Studies. Responsible for coordinating Agricultural Economics Graduate Student recruiting, admission, counseling and testing for a departmental program that had approximately 25 Ph.D., 35 M.S. students, and a budget or approximately $200,000.

1980-1986, Agribusiness M.S. Program Director. Advised students about and developed sponsors for an M.S. internship program.



1996-2011, in my role as department chair I facilitated several faculty international experiences, hosted foreign delegations and presented information about various departmental and college programs to those delegations.

2004-2007, Provided guidance for the department’s role in the Ukrainian project with Alabama A&M.

2004, Served on the Foreign Languages and International Economics (FLIE) Periodic review committee. The programs combines economics with proficiency in a non-English language and prepares students for a future in government, international relations, law, research, multinational corporations, and local industries who conduct business internationally.

January 1988 - June 1992,

Director of International Programs, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, New Mexico State University. Responsible for administering the college’s $200,000 international program support grant activities. Alternate trustee, Consortium for International Development. I coordinated college relations with the University’s Center for International Programs, actively participated with the International Agricultural Coordinating Committee to show a positive attitude for international activities in the college, directed efforts to, 1. Emphasized short-term training in Spanish, 2. featured work with Latin America 2. developed a debt-for-development program (as part of a team effort) with Mexico and hired a full-time Coordinator for the College’s International Programs.


Explored possible partnerships with Ecuadorian universities in Guayaquil and Quito to strengthen agricultural and home economic programs, August 1990.

Traveled to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Swaziland on behalf of the NMSU, reviewing current and prospecting for new projects, October 1988.

Visited the Dominican Republic to discuss a youth development project,

April 1988.

Was employed as a consultant by the U.S. Agency for International Development to do an efficiency study for the government of The Gambia on The Gambian Produce Marketing Board, September through November 1984. This ground nut study involved auditing marketing and distribution systems in order to enhance efficiencies and the countries gross nation product. The work included travelling to Senegal to do a comparative study of the Senegalese ground nut industry.


Ph.D.    Michigan State University      1975
M.A.     Michigan State University       1974
M.B.A.  Western Michigan University  1971
B.S. Michigan State University            1968

Areas of Interest

Administration, economics