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Dave Robbins

Senior Advancement Officer

Dave Robbins
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • B.M., University of Michigan, 1968
  • M.M., University of Michigan, 1970


Dave is responsible for raising current and deferred gifts in support of the mission of PLU.  Dave enjoys working with donors interested in all aspects of PLU.  Stemming from his 45 years on the PLU music faculty, he works closely with the School of Arts and Communication (SOAC).


David P. Robbins is Senior Advancement Officer and Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where he has served since 1969.  From 1981-2014 he served as Chair of the Department of Music.

Born in suburban Washington, D.C., he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan.  As a composer, he has created works in a wide range of genre and style, including choral and orchestral works,  chamber music, film scores, and music theater.  Specializing as a conductor of 20th century chamber ensembles, he produced a nationally-recognized series of programs at PLU featuring recent and classic 20th century music.  As a performer and clinician, he remained active as a percussionist in the Northwest.

Dave enjoyed his 33 years as Chair of the Department of Music, which included increasing recruitment efforts and scholarship resources (doubling the number of majors), extending the outreach of the department, and planning and constructing a new music building.  For the broader university, Dave served on a university taskforce to revise the general education program, co-chaired one of the university’s decennial accreditation reviews, and served as chair of the university faculty.

Seeking new ways to support the institution he loves, he assumed his current role in the Office of Advancement in fall of 2015.  Dave lives in Puyallup with his wife, Karen (PLU ’73, ’78) and enjoys doting on his daughters, Jennifer and Jessica (PLU ’05, ’06), son-in-law Brian, and grandsons Jonathan and Zachary (future Lutes!).