Florida Southern College has named Dr. Christian Roberson as The Charles and Mildred Jenkins Chair in Mathematics and Computer Science.
“Dr. Roberson is an excellent academic leader to prepare this generation of students to excel in computer sciences careers,” Florida Southern College President Anne B. Kerr said. “His expertise, experience, and strategic planning skills ensure a bright future for the computer sciences program at FSC. He is a dedicated educator, excellent mentor to students, and is committed to helping students achieve their fullest potential. We remain grateful for the investment of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jenkins to fund a world-class educator such as Dr. Roberson in this discipline at Florida Southern.”
Roberson, an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Department Chair, has been with Florida Southern since 2016. Roberson earned his Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of Florida in 2001. From 2001 until 2007, Roberson was a graduate assistant in the department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. He completed his Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering in 2003 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering in 2008.
From 2007 to 2016, he was a faculty member in the Computer Science and Technology Department at Plymouth State University, where he served as chair from 2012-2016 before joining Florida Southern.
“It’s a great honor and very humbling to have been selected,” Roberson said. “It’s really exciting. It means all the hard work I put in is being appreciated by the college and makes me motivated to lead the department forward.”
The Charles and Mildred Jenkins Chair in Mathematics and Computer Science was first given in 1987 by Charles and Mildred Jenkins. Charles Jenkins was an executive with Publix Super Markets, helping to bring the chain to national prominence. Charles was elected to the board of directors in 1953, and in 1954, was promoted to vice president and general manager. In 1972, he was elected president, and then chairman the following year. He served as chairman until 1985, and remained as a member of the board until 1996.
“Dr. Roberson is a consummate teacher-scholar who crafts engaging and meaningful classroom experiences that equip our students to excel personally and professionally,” said Dr. Brad Hollingshead, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Southern.