Rutgers Professor and Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs Mark Robson recently received the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives (CII) annual meeting in Park City, Utah. The award recognizes Robson’s career of outstanding contributions to further international education at state and land-grant institutions.
“I am very grateful to Rutgers for allowing me to do this work, it has been especially rewarding to teach my first year seminar class on Global Health and see this provide a platform for students to further their interest in international issues and seek out global learning opportunities” said Robson.
As dean of agricultural and urban programs, Robson has developed and implemented degree and non-degree programs in entrepreneurial programs in the agricultural sciences targeted toward careers in agricultural education and extension, government service, and agribusiness. In addition, he is responsible for the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, the Agricultural Leadership program, and the IR-4 Minor Use Pesticide program.
"As someone who grew up on a farm in NJ and now has projects in the far corners of Thailand, Philippines, and China, Mark is the embodiment of the Rutgers slogan, 'Jersey Roots, Global Reach,'" said Lily Young, dean of international programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Robson, a specialist in exposure science and pesticide use, primarily in developing countries, has a longstanding commitment to Thailand. He has conducted research on the public health implications and health policies related to the use of pesticides. He is the only foreigner to have received an honorary degree from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, the top university in Thailand. The degree was presented to Robson by the princess of Thailand during a three day celebration. Robson is the director of the Thai Fogarty ITREOH Center, which provides training and research opportunities in a partnership between Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the United States.
The Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award recognizes Robson’s exceptional leadership to the development of international programs at Rutgers, making fundamental contributions to international activities at the university.