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Robertson Named BPW Woman of the Year


JONESBORO — Dr. Patricia Robertson, associate professor of business law in the College of Business at Arkansas State University, has been selected as “Woman of the Year” by the Jonesboro Business and Professional Women (BPW) organization.

The BPW chapter is hosting a reception for National Business Women's Week, Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Delta Center for Economic Development, 319 University Loop Circle. She will be formally recognized with a plaque and certificate presentation. 

Mayor Harold Perrin has issued a proclamation designating Oct. 16-22 as National Business Women’s Week in Jonesboro. He will be present at the reception to honor Dr. Robertson.

“Patricia Robertson is an exceptional department chair, professor and colleague, and I am thrilled that she has been selected as Woman of the Year,” said Dr. Shane Hunt, dean of the College of Business. “Patricia’s efforts have led to the success of our first two A-State women’s business leadership conferences, and her leadership has made every aspect of the College of Business better.”

Hunt went on to say he was notified about Robertson’s honor recognizing her tireless efforts to advance the cause of women in business, including all of the work she put into A-State’s women’s business leadership center as well as serving as faculty adviser for BPW on campus.

In addition to teaching business law, Robertson also serves as chair of the economics and finance department. She joined the faculty at A-State in 2005 and has published a variety of scholarly articles and presented papers at numerous academic conferences. Prior to coming to Arkansas State, Robertson practiced law for 20 years.

She also serves as co-adviser of Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America. The organization brought home numerous awards from the Arkansas state PBL leadership conference and competition last April.

The purpose of National Business Women's Week (NBWW) is to recognize women who have been the cornerstone of working in business in the United States in the past and to examine how far women in business have come. The first observance of NBWW was April 15-22, 1928.

Patricia Robertson
Dr. Patricia Robertson