Elizabeth Robertson '90 Selected as Southern Vermont College Distinguished Alumna

April 22, 2013

Elizabeth (Murphy) Robertson of Clifton Park, N.Y., has been recognized by Southern Vermont College (SVC) as the 2013 Distinguished Alumna. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumna or alumnus of SVC or its predecessor, St. Joseph College, in recognition of a combination of career, community service and personal achievements.

Robertson is Associate Vice President for Admission at The Sage Colleges in Albany. She is also active in professional organizations as well as community service organizations within the capital region of Albany.

“We are so proud of SVC alumna Elizabeth Robertson who not only pursued her chosen career—which started at Southern Vermont College—with a passion. And she is passionate about giving back to her field and her community,” said SVC President Karen Gross.

At SVC’s Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 11, Robertson will join this year’s keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients: former Commissioner of Social Security Michael J. Astrue, Chief Executive Officer of the Special Libraries Association Janice Lachance, and U.S. Army Brigadier General Barrye L. Price.

After graduation from SVC in 1990, Robertson worked in Southern Vermont College’s Office of Admission until 1994 and continued to work in higher education for the next 23 years. After leaving SVC, Robertson served for six years as the Associate Director of Admission at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). While at MCLA, she was a catalyst for professional development and policy for admission officers in New England and on a national level.

In 1999, Robertson became the Director of Admission at Russell Sage College. In 2003, she was promoted to oversee both the Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany Offices of Admission and transitioned to the Associate Vice President for Admission in 2005. Serving as the Sage College’s Chief Admission Officer, Robertson is responsible for strategic planning and recruitment activities for new student enrollment, including a traditional college population for two undergraduate campuses, adult student market and three graduate schools. 

Robertson is a member of several organizations including New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), New York State Transfer and Articulation Association (NYSTAA), New York Graduate Admission Professionals (NYGAP), National Association of Graduate Admission Professionals, the College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Robertson is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Albany Leadership Charter School for Girls in Albany, N.Y. She has also participated in a number of community efforts in the Albany region, including fundraising events for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Relay for Life, American Heart Association and ALS disease.

In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from SVC, Robertson earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from MCLA.