William "Dud" Robbins, a Burgaw, North Carolina native, served as the twenty-first president of NC State's Student Council. During his tenure as president, Robbins implemented a successful blood drive program and lobbied for an extended winter break. In addition to his leadership roles in Student Council, Robbins also maintained leadership roles in ROTC. On September 20, 1941, Robbins was appointed cadet colonel of the ROTC regiments at NC State. According to the Technician, Robbins received the "coveted post" because of his "outstanding military record at State College and at summer ROTC camp." His leadership skills and academic record further prompted campus administrators to select Robbins for inclusion in "Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." Robbins additional campus activities included service on the Publications Board and membership on the football team.
Dud Robbins graduated from NC State in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in pomology.
Student Body President, 1941-1942
Class of 1942
William Robbins organized a blood drive in conjunction with other Student Council leaders. Robbins was one of the first students to donate blood during the drive. The Technician called the blood drive “one of the most worth while [sic] plans [Student Council] has ever sponsored.” Approximately 200 NC State students donated blood during the drive.
Eighteen hundred students signed a Student Council petition requesting the Faculty Council extend winter break beyond January 1, 1942. According to the Technician, winter registration was to begin on December 30 and would prohibit students from participating in New Year’s celebrations. Robbins presented the petition to the Faculty Council on behalf of the student body. The Faculty Council approved students’ requests and changed winter registration from December 30-31 to January 2-3.
Technician (26 September 1941, 21 November 1941, 24 April 1942)