LANCASTER, Pa. -- President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint former Franklin & Marshall football standout, Robert Thomas Shepardson '83, as a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Shepardson joins an impressive list of appointees that includes Brooklyn Nets star Jason Collins, Miami Heat Vice President of Player Programs Alonzo Mourning and television star Rachael Ray.
Shepardson was a four-year starter and letter winner on the football team and was inducted into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. As a senior, Shepardson received multiple postseason honors including the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Most Valuable Player award after leading the MAC in both total offense and passing. He was also named to the ECAC Division III South All Star Team and was named an Academic All-American.
Following graduation from F&M with a dual major in biology and government, an NCAA post-graduate scholarship helped to fund his way to Harvard University, where he earned a M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Shepardson is a Partner with SS+K, a firm he co-founded in 1993. He has worked for over 25 years in public affairs, advertising, and marketing. At SS+K, his portfolio has included work for the Obama for America campaigns in 2008 and 2012 as well as for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! and Joining Forces initiatives. Previously, he was a managing director at the Sawyer Miller Group from 1988 to 1993.