Stuart M. Robbins (‘65 BA)
Stuart “Stu” Robbins is a financial expert with a heart for West Virginia University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from WVU in 1965. He completed graduate work in law at New York University and graduate work in business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Now retired, Robbins spent much of his career building one of the most successful equity businesses in the securities industry. His career at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette took him from a member of the research department specializing in retail stocks to managing director of the Institutional Equity desk, to the firm’s main Board of Directors and a member of the strategic management committee.
Among his professional accomplishments is recognition as an Institutional Investor, All-Star Analyst for 11 consecutive years. During that time, Robbins was ranked among the top three in the country. He also authored two widely used retail industry financial manuals, contributed to two investment manuals, and created two proprietary industry data services. His knowledge and financial savvy brought him national recognition as a trade convention and seminar presenter.
He served as a member of the advisory board of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and vice chair of the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors; chairing the Board’s Investment Committee. He also served as vice chair of the WVU Foundation’s Building Greatness capital campaign.
His expertise and knowledge in investments has been invaluable to the Foundation. It has allowed the Foundation endowment to grow substantially to the current $315 million mark and rank 42nd among public universities.
Robbins affection for his alma mater is evident in his commitment and contributions to West Virginia University. He has graciously accepted many invitations to speak to students and parents about their educational and professional careers; always communicating to them his keys to success as being discipline, teamwork, communications and the ability to solve problems.
A product of a modest upbringing, Robbins has created lasting endowments for WVU students, recruited many students to the University and established the first-ever chair in the Department of History.