Robin L. Higgins
Early life and education
A native of the Bronx, New York, Higgins graduated from North Shore High School in Glen Head, and received a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Oneonta, and a master's degree from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. She also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
During the George H. W. Bush administration, Higgins was Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. While there, she served on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and the Department of Defense's Defense Conversion Commission.
On April 30, 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Higgins to the post of Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. Confirmed by the Senate confirmed by the Senate May 24, 2001. The Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs runs the National Cemetery Administration.
Higgins left the position on September 1, 2002.
Higgins is the widow of Colonel William R. (Rich) Higgins, a Marine officer taken captive by terrorists in Lebanon in 1988, and later murdered. Since then, she has become a speaker on surviving adversity and terrorism and has written a book, Patriot Dreams: The Murder of Colonel Rich Higgins 
Higgins' awards include the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Exceptional Service Award, Marine Corps League’s Dickey Chapelle Award, American Legion Auxiliary’s Public Spirit Award, and American Academy of Physician Assistants Veterans Caucus Award.
In May 2003 she was granted an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the State University of New York.