Chad Robinson, a 2014 magna cum laude accounting graduate, is the collegian of the year for the national professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.
Robinson was chosen from about 12,000 collegiate members at 285 campus chapters. Among the schools with chapters are University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University Mankato, University of Pennsylvania, University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of Georgia. St. Cloud State’s chapter, Theta Tau, was founded in 1970.
“Chad took being a Delta Sig as seriously as he did studying accounting,” said Terri Mische, adviser for St. Cloud State’s Theta Tau chapter. “I think he discovered how much fun it was to travel to meetings where he could meet students from around the country, as well as learn new ideas he could bring back to his chapter.”
A St. Cloud native, Robinson will deliver an address at the fraternity’s national convention Aug. 12-16 in Chicago.
Since 1971, the Collegian of the Year award has honored contributions, achievements, participation and personal character of the fraternity’s most outstanding collegiate member.
Robinson is eligible to receive a $5,000 academic scholarship from the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation, made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Sydney A. Sparks. He’ll receive a pearl and ruby badge and serve as a voting member of Delta Sigma Pi’s Board of Directors for a two-year term.
This is the first Delta Sigma Pi has recognized its St. Cloud State chapter with a national award. In 2010, Theta Tau earned a pair of regional awards for alumni relations and chapter improvement.
Robinson participated in Student Government, the award-winning Collegiate DECA, speech and debate team, Honors Program, Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Pi Kappa Delta Honor Society and Business Student Executive Council.
The Delta Sigma Pi news release notes his participation in multiple training opportunities, regional events and conferences. Robinson has served in numerous Theta Tau chapter roles, including president, vice-president for pledge education and vice-president for alumni relations.
Founded in 1907 in New York City, Delta Sigma Pi is headquartered in Oxford, Ohio. Among its distinguished alumni are Henry Bloch, co-founder of tax-preparation firm H & R Block; David Oreck, founder of Oreck Corporation, maker of vacuums and air-purifiers; and the late S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain.