Robyn Piggott joined the F&M team as Executive Assistant to the President in 2011. She was named Secretary of the College in 2014 and Chief of Staff in 2016. Her responsibilities are varied, focusing on the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and concepts for philanthropic investment, supporting the President’s engagement with prospective donors, advising on institutional positioning and strategic communications, and coordinating the President’s travel schedule. She was a member of F&M’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and provided interim leadership for the Office of College Advancement in 2012 during the vice presidential transition. In July 2014, she participated in the HERS Bryn Mawr Institute for women leaders in higher education.
Prior to joining F&M, she served as Special Assistant to the President at Amherst College, where she worked closely with President Tony Marx and her fellow Senior Officers to develop and implement a series of programs that significantly broadened access for low-income and first-generation college students. She also developed, secured external funding for and helped appoint the founding director of Amherst’s Center for Community Engagement, and helped secure a number of seven-, eight- and nine-figure gifts, including the three largest gifts and the largest grant in the history of the College. She served on the College’s facilities planning committee and staffed its campus-wide budget priorities committee in the wake of the 2008 global economic downturn. Before joining the President’s Office, Robyn worked as a principal gift officer and for four years as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Amherst, during which time she led a significant expansion of the College’s annual income from foundation and government grants.
Robyn earned a B.A., summa cum laude in Latin from Mount Holyoke College, with a minor in Ancient Greek. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the UK, where she earned an M.A. with distinction in Archaeology and Prehistory and M.Phil. in Roman Archaeology.