Robyn Merrick Guest Moderator, Louisiana Public Square and
Southern University Vice President for External Affairs
Robyn Merrick is Southern University 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.
What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.
Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)
Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.