Title: Healthcare Executive (Retired), Former County Official
Company: Southwest Tennessee Development District
Location: Whiteville, Tennessee, United States
Evelyn Robertson, Retired Healthcare Executive and Former County Official, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in behavioral health management and education.
Throughout all of his endeavors in his career, Mr. Robertson is most proud of the opportunity he had to employ many young people within his community. Having started his own company, he personally hired more than 150 individuals and was able to help facilitate their growth while growing his own business. He was inspired to go into education due to his family, many of whom were educators. As an educator, he first taught at Allen-White Elementary School, started in 1962, and then became the school’s principal in 1968. He remained at the school for a year in this position and then joined Central High School as an assistant principal. In 1974, Mr. Robertson shifted gears and became the assistant superintendent of the Western Mental Health Institute. From 1983 to 1995, he served as the institute’s superintendent. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Robertson served as the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He then spent two years as the Vice President of Behavioral Health at Pathways and for the last decade of his career, 1997 to 2007, served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Tennessee Development District.
Mr. Robertson earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from Tennessee State University in 1962 and 1969, respectively. He later attended Memphis State University for postgraduate work. Following his degrees, he became a certified teacher and educational superintendent. On top of his positions, he was also the superintendent of the Nat T. Winston Development Center. He has maintained professional affiliation with several organizations that have aided in growth. These organizations include the American Association on Mental Deficiency, the Civitan Club, the Silver Star Lodge, the Shriners Lodge and the Institute Hospital and Com unity Psychiatry of the Southeastern Association Mental Deficiency.
For his work, Mr. Robertson was honored as an Outstanding Young Teacher with the Hardeman County Jaycees in 1972. He received the Outstanding Citizens Award from Sigma Gamma Rho in 1983 and the Whiteville, Tennessee named the Evelyn C. Robertson Day after him in 1983. Furthermore, he is the recipient of the Pillow Lee Award from St. John’s Community Services, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from The Arc of the Mid South, the NAACP Gallery of Legends Award, a Ronald Cunningham Community Service Award, and was presented with a Living Legend Award in 2017. On a civic level, Mr. Robertson has provided his services to the Hardeman County Commission, the Hardeman County Development Services Center, the Whiteville Civic League and was the Tennessee Board Chair of the Whiteville Rural Housing.
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