Dr. Mallison was born on May 24, 1958, in Hastings, Michigan. He married Norma Mallison, and they have four children — Robert III, Lindsay Leck (married to Joe), Lauren, and Lycia Taylor (married to Josh). They also have four grandchildren. After graduating from Marion College, and then from Purdue, Dr. Mallison spent 20 years as an actuary. In 2003, he returned to academia to complete his Ph.D. in Mathematics.
- B.S., 1979, Indiana Wesleyan University
- M.S., 1981, Purdue University
- M.S., 1983, Purdue University
- Ph.D., 2007, IUPUI