The Fort Hays State University Foundation and the Alumni Association share this beautiful facility. They moved into the new 30,121 gross square foot building in the fall of 2007. The structure is near Gross Memorial Coliseum and the Hwy 183 Bypass at the southwest edge of campus.
The Robbins Center is named in honor of W.R. (Bill) and Yvonne Robbins. Bill Robbins served as the chair of the Centennial Campaign which raised $4.5M in private funds for the building that is now home to the FHSU Foundation and the Alumni Association. At the beginning of the public phase of fundraising in 2001, FHSU President, Dr. Edward Hammond, introduced seven lead donors who had committed $2M for the building project: Bill and Yvonne Robbins, Great Bend; Darrel and Dee Rolph, Wichita; Jim Thurman, Great Bend; Richard Diamond, Mankato; the Don and Cecilia Bickle family, Hays; Bob and Pat Schmidt, Hays; and the late Dale Shade, Hays.