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Robert P. Fleischman photoDr. Robert P. Fleischman

Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Robert P. (Bobby) Fleischman serves as Associate Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He assumed his present role in October 2018, after having previously served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (July 2015 to present). Dr. Fleischman’s work includes, but is not limited to, regional and global for profit and non-profit business partnerships, as well as community and system-wide partnerships. He is currently serving as the university’s legislative liaison and actively participates in all aspects of university administration. Dr. Fleischman has been involved in developing external partnerships, including agreements that bring opportunities for student experiential learning, internships, international exchanges, faculty-led study away and study abroad, as well as business development.

In addition to having taught as a full-time faculty member for 21 years, Dr. Fleischman has served in a series of administrative positions including both Dean of the College of Business and Management, and as Department Chair at East Stroudsburg University (PA). Prior to joining East Stroudsburg University, Dr. Fleischman was a lecturer in Sport Law and Marketing at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

During his career, he has practiced law as a partner in a New York City law firm, specializing in sport and education law. He is currently licensed to practice law in both the State of New York and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During his career, he has consulted numerous organizations on legal matters related to higher education, sports business, and entertainment. He has held committee memberships with both the New York and Pennsylvania Bar Associations on Higher Education, Sports and Entertainment.

Per his commitment to serving the community, Dr. Fleischman has been an active member of numerous organizations including the Twin Rivers Council on the Arts (TRCA), Mankato Sports Commission, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau Action Sports Committee, Delaware Water Gap Planning Commission, Poconos Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, Greater Mankato Growth, Stroudsburg Area United Youth Soccer, and Diversity Commission of Mankato’s “Time to Talk” program.

Dr. Fleischman received a Doctorate of Education from Binghamton University in Educational Theory and Practice, a Master’s of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with concentrations in Organizational Psychology and Communications from the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor.

Valerie Roberts photoValerie Roberts

Executive Assistant, Strategic Partnerships

Valerie joins the Strategic Partnership Division with over 20 years of experience at MSU Mankato having spent time in the College of Education, Technology Division and Alumni Relations & Special Events. In addition, Valerie spent ten years in the private sector working in the Engineering Division of Reserve Mining Company and Coordinator of the Silver Bay Community Resource Center. Valerie’s unique and diverse experience will be an asset to both the Division and its Partners. Valerie understands the value of customer relationships, service excellence and follow through. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team.

Valerie has a solid commitment to integrity and excellence and appreciates the challenge of playing a significant role within the division. She has completed the MSU Mankato Leadership Institute as well as other leadership conferences and was a co-chair/member of the Great Place To Work Committee for several years. Valerie is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. She has been asked to speak by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women In Leadership panel discussions on Professional Development Day and also recognized as a “Woman of “Courage and Vision”. Valerie is also actively involved with her local union as a leader advocating and mentoring other MSU staff.