Best 40-Under-40 Professor Leslie Robinson
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Institution: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Before current institution: Tuck was initial placement out of PhD
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Marital status: Married
Education: UNC Chapel Hill, PhD, Accounting
Wake Forest University, MS, Accounting
Wake Forest University, MA, Accounting
Courses currently teaching: Financial Accounting (MBA, Exec Ed)
Fun fact: I bought a scooter to ride to work because the parking situation is not so great.
Professor you most admire: Jennifer Blouin (University of Pennsylvania)
Most memorable moment as a professor: Students know I love coffee. On the last day of class one year, all 70 of them in one section brought me a cup of coffee and sat it on the front table as they walked into class.
“If I weren’t a B-school professor…” I would live in Hawaii (Kauai) and run a spa.
“My name is Pete Gauthier and I am recent graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. I would like to nominate Leslie Robinson, accounting professor at Tuck. Leslie is not only a top-notch professor inside the classroom but also an active member of the community outside the classroom. Accounting was one of the courses I was dreading when starting business school but ended up being one of my favorite classes. I am not sure but somehow LesRob (as she is affectionately known) brought accounting to life. I will never forget the last class when the entire class gave her a standing ovation and sang to her after her final speech. She was a previous winner of the 40 under 40, so I am sure you are aware of her accomplishments in the academic world.”
Outside of the classroom, LesRob is always willing to help out the community. Whether it is making the Lassie toast at Burn’s Night (Scottish party celebration) or speaking at the Women in Business conference. She invites students to her house for international dinners and has run the Reach the Beach race (over 24 hours of continuous running by a team) three times with Tuckies. In addition, she keeps in touch with her students after graduation. In fact, I am in D.C. now, and when LesRob visits, we always try to grab dinner and catch up. I know she is interested in my success and eager to support me and her students even after they graduate.”
“My name is Hussein Nasreddin and I’m a 2013 graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. I’m writing to nominate my Accounting professor, Leslie Robinson. In addition to her academic and professional accolades (of which I’m sure you’re well aware since she was a previous 40-under-40 winner), she is an integral part of the Tuck community.
Whether hosting dinners, participating in 24-hr running races with students, leading international trips or just dancing the night away at our “formal” events, LesRob (as we refer to her) is an ever-present figure in students’ lives, and more importantly, she is a terrific person and somebody I today call a friend.”