Leadership Transition Announced for Winston-Salem State University

Elwood L. Robinson, chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, announced that he will step down from his post on June 30. Dr. Robinson became chancellor on January 1, 2015.

In a statement to the university community, Dr. Robinson said that “I have always believed that genius resides within everyone, and I have spent my career creating opportunities where that genius can be realized and shared. I believe with the launch of this strategic plan that the groundwork to continue that mission has been firmly established and now is the perfect intersection of time and opportunity to retire.”

From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Robinson had been the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cambridge College in Massachusetts. Previously he was the founding dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at North Carolina Central University. He joined the faculty there in 1984.

Dr. Robinson is a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University. He earned a master’s degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

The university wasted no time and immediately appointed Anthony Graham as interim chancellor, effective July 1. Since July 2018, he has been provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the university. Previously, Dr. Graham served as dean of the College of Education and as a professor of educator preparation at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He joined the faculty there in 2003.

A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Dr. Graham earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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