In July 2015 Stephen 'Steve' Robinson began serving as the Canon for Education for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. In this Missionary assignment he specifically supports and assists the Bishop with diocesan education programs, with an initial focus on strategic planning, system development, and leadership development with the seven bilingual schools of the diocese.
He recently served as a member of the Re-imagining Education project of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a process in which educational leaders from diverse backgrounds and positions came together to create a Transformational Vision for Education in the United States. The project was rolled out as Education Reimagined in September 2015. Steve is the board of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) and also maintains advisory roles with several organizations promoting opportunities to connect the world through education.
Steve brings to his work a broad understanding of both university and independent school worlds. He previously served in colleges and universities as well as independent schools. Prior to moving to Honduras, he was the President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) from July 2007 to June 2015. In this role he was the CEO of the largest independent school regional accrediting association in the US, serving and accrediting approximately 380 independent schools in 11 states and four countries.
His career as an educator began when he served as the Director of Student Recruitment at Southern Nazarene University. This role was followed by positions as the Director of Student Assessment and the Director of Graduate Student Services at Oklahoma State University, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and Vice President for Student Affairs at Carl Albert State College. Following his service in higher education he served as the Headmaster of two independent schools, Saddlebrook Preparatory School and The Orme School of Arizona.
Steve earned a B.A. in Religion from Bethany Nazarene College where he competed successfully as an intercollegiate basketball player. He also earned his M.A. in General Education from Southern Nazarene University and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Studies in Education from Oklahoma State University. He began work toward a Doctorate of Ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary in June of 2015.
Steve is married to Rhonda Nelson Robinson and together they have three children: Heather Robinson an independent school educator, Garrett Johnson a former professional athlete and college student, and MacKenzie Robinson a college student and musician.
Steve’s approach to education is summarized by his long-standing educational philosophy;
“There is no more noble or worthwhile endeavor than to teach youthful minds and share with them the mysteries revealed by history's great thinkers; than to assist the youthful body to be strong and healthy in order to negotiate the physical challenges of life; than to shape the youthful spirit into a powerful force of faith dedicated to helping those unable to help themselves. Educators who recognize the triune nature of students and the need to fully integrate the mind, body, and spirit through a holistic educational process, more accurately understand the essence of education.”