Hamline News

Hamline mourns the loss of board chair and longtime trustee


Robb Prince, a member of the Board of Trustees since 1996 and chairman for the last year, passed away peacefully Tuesday. 

Prince was a financial consultant and retired vice president and treasurer of Jostens, Inc.  He held a BA degree in economics from Carleton and an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

“Robb Prince was an exceptional Hamline trustee. He was a person we all respected, admired, and trusted to guide the governance of this great university,” said Hamline University President Linda Hanson. “Robb cared deeply about the student experience, and we often discussed the importance of taking care of our people at Hamline. He always championed investing in our most precious resource—the faculty and staff of Hamline.”

Prince and his wife Jackie established the Prince Family Scholarship in 2001 out of a desire to support the diversity efforts of Hamline University and to make available the life-enriching benefits of a liberal arts education to deserving students. In 2002, Prince and his wife began designating a portion of the Prince Family Endowed Fund to support Hamline’s John Wesley Trustee Award for Faculty, which honors an outstanding faculty member each year. 

By providing a leadership gift for the construction of the University Center at Hamline University, Robb and Jackie Prince recognized the importance of this project to sustaining student learning and engagement.

Prince leaves behind his wife, Jackie, their son and daughter, and their grandchildren. An avid sailor, Prince enjoyed regaling his fellow trustees with stories of his adventures on Lake Superior and the high seas. He was approachable on any topic, well-versed in current events, and well-educated in the critical importance of the liberal arts, and he will be greatly missed.

To leave a personal message for Prince’s family, visit this online guestbook.

The family has requested that any memorials be sent to Hamline University and directed to the University Center Fund. There will be a celebration of Robb’s life Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis.