Before being elected as Oxford’s 36th Mayor in 2017, Robyn Tannehill was a dedicated volunteer for the Oxford School District and spent many hours working with the Oxford Parent Teacher Organizations in the different schools. As Oxford schools continued to outgrow their facilities, Robyn volunteered to co-chair the Oxford School District’s $30 Million Bond Campaign in 2011. The referendum passed, and allowed the Oxford School District to build a state-of-the-art new high school. For her efforts, Robyn was honored as the Oxford School District’s Citizen of the Year.
Robyn has been recognized for her exemplary efforts in our community and state. The Mississippi Business Journal awarded her business skills by naming Robyn the Mississippi Business Woman of the Year, one of the Top 40 Business People Under 40 Years Old, and one of the Top 50 Business Women in the State.
The University of Mississippi selected Robyn to serve on its Alumni Board of Directors, and in 1999 recognized her leadership and professional accomplishments by naming her the University of Mississippi’s Young Alumnus of the Year.
She has been recognized for her service and leadership by numerous organizations. Robyn was selected as a NewDEAL Leader. NewDEAL Leaders are pro-growth, progressive state and local elected officials championing ideas to grow the economy, expand opportunity for all, and make government work better.
Governing Magazine selected Robyn as one of 25 elected leaders in the United States to their prestigious Women in Government Leadership Program in 2019. This class also included the Lt. Governor of New Jersey, the Mayor of Dayton, Ohio, State Superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, among others.
Y’all Politics named Robyn as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Most Influential People in their class of 2017. She shared this recognition with United States Senator Roger Wicker, Congressman Bennie Thompson, and others.
Robyn is proud to have been recognized locally by Oxford’s Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow, and a nominee for the Girl Scouts Heart of the South Women of Distinction Award.
Phillip Gunn, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, recently appointed Robyn to serve on the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag. One the great honors of her life has been to redesign a Mississippi State Flag that was overwhelming approved by the voters of the State of Mississippi in November.
Recently, Robyn was honored as one of 21 elected officials in the country to be part of the inaugural class of the Active People, Healthy Nation Champions Institute, an initiative by Smart Growth America.
At the Mississippi Tourism Association Governor’s Conference in December 2020 Robyn’s leadership in tourism was recognized, and Governor Tate Reeves gave her the Governmental Tourism Leadership Award.