COLBY, Kan. – (Monday, Sept. 21, 2020)
LiveWell Northwest Kansas mourns the loss of an influential supporter and friend Reggie Robinson, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. In addition to the role held since December 2019, Robinson was also a founding board member of the Kansas Leadership Center, longtime faculty member and administrator at the University of Kansas, and former president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Following a battle with cancer, Robinson passed away on Saturday at the age of 63.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Reggie Robinson,” said Travis Rickford, Executive Director of LiveWell Northwest Kansas. “His leadership during a time when LiveWell and other non-profits continue to struggle with COVID-19 response efforts has been instrumental in our ability to maintain programming.
“Under Reggie’s leadership, we have been able to focus on health equity, particularly as it relates to improving mental health in northwest Kansas. And, we continue to be grateful for the longstanding support from the Kansas Health Foundation which has led to other partnerships, support networks, and significant progress as we move toward the end of 2020 and 2021.
“Our condolences are with Reggie’s family, KHF and countless other organizations across the state who have benefited from his passionate and graceful leadership over a lifetime of public service. We all share in this grief.”
In addition to his state-wide efforts, Robinson also served as a White House fellow and special assistant to Janet Reno before returning to KU, his alma mater, where he served in many capacities including the chief of staff to former KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway. And, from 2002 to 2010, he served as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.
In a campus message Sunday evening, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Robinson’s passing meant the loss of the university’s “most respected leaders, a humble giant and a beautiful soul.”