Director of Government & Community Relations
Robby Sheehan was 14 years old when he was hired as a bus boy at Kent Island’s Silver Swan restaurant. He credits this first foray into the world of work with teaching him how to speak professionally, think on his feet, deal with a “myriad of personalities” and earn the respect of his supervisors.
The lessons proved their importance when he took his first job out of college as Salisbury University’s interim director of government relations. “Within the first few weeks of my hiring, I was asked to lobby the Maryland General Assembly for a $107 million academic commons capital budget project, for which the University had been fighting for several years,” Sheehan said. “I was absolutely terrified that I wasn’t going to be successful and would be looking for a new job within a few weeks.
Four years later, Sheehan said he is “truly humbled” to see that project is nearly completed and to continue working for his undergraduate alma mater, now as the director of government and community relations.
Outside of work, Sheehan serves on the advisory board of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake and is also a Big Brother. In addition, he has been named to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s Mentoring Task Force and serves on the Advisory Board of the Epoch Dream Center after-school program.
“I have been a lifelong resident of Maryland and the Eastern Shore and it is my desire to continue giving back to a community that has invested so much in me,” he said.
Along with his bachelor’s degree from Salisbury, Sheehan holds a master’s degree in public administration from University of Pennsylvania.