Board of Trustees Announce Executive Vice President and Provost as 22nd President of Wilberforce University


Wilberforce, Ohio The Wilberforce University Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint current Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard as the 22nd President of Wilberforce University to succeed Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr.  This appointment comes after President Felton announced his decision to depart and pursue another opportunity that will continue his work in the HBCU community. Mark Wilson, Chairman of The Board of Trustees states:

We are excited that Dr. Pinkard will lead us into the next phase of the legacy of Wilberforce University. He is a seasoned administrator who is uniquely qualified for the position as he has worked closely with Dr. Felton in developing the path forward for the University. The incredible and exciting momentum occasioned by the Wilberforce Renaissance will continue unabated”.

A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Pinkard holds a Doctorate degree from Harvard University, a Masters from Howard University, and a BA from Morehouse College.  Over his more than 40-year career, Dr. Pinkard has served as the Founding Executive Director of the UNCF Institute of Capacity Building; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Johnson C. Smith University; Associate Provost at Dillard University; Chief Planning Officer at Spelman College; Chair, Division of Social Sciences at Florida Memorial University.  In addition, Dr. Pinkard had held faculty and administrative positions at Miami Dade College, Colgate University, the College of Wooster, and California State University-Long Beach.

Dr. Pinkard will begin his tenure on March 1, 2018. Wilberforce’s current President, Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. has served the University with distinction and commitment and the University has grown stronger under his leadership. He will work closely with, Dr. Pinkard to facilitate and support a smooth and seamless transition of presidential leadership.

About Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University is a four-year, fully accredited liberal arts institution offering over 20 bachelor’s degrees in the areas of business, communications, computing and engineering sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Through Adult and Continuing Education Studies, the institution offers Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business (CLIMB) for individuals interested in completing their bachelor of science degrees in criminal justice administration, organizational management, health care administration, and information technology. Founded in 1856, the University boasts the second oldest Cooperative Education Program at an institution of Higher Education in the United States.  Wilberforce has stayed true to its founding principles of self-determination and academic access as evident through our holistic scope of Excellence, Innovation, and Kindness.  To learn more about “The Oldest Private HBCU in America,”

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