Two African Americans Step Down From High-Level University Posts

Cheryl_HarrelsonCheryl Harrelson has stepped down as vice president for advancement at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. She also served as president of the New Mexico State University Foundation. She is leaving these posts due to an illness of a family member but will remain employed by the university in a less demanding capacity. She joined the staff at New Mexico State in 2014. Previously, she was the associate vice president for annual and special gifts, stewardship and special events at Washington State University.

Harrelson received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.

PinkardElfred Anthony Pinkard, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has retired from his post. Dr. Pinkard has served in these posts at Johnson C. Smith University since January 2011. He is the former executive director of the Institute for Capacity Building at the United Negro College Fund. Earlier in his career, he held high-level administrative posts at Dillard University in New Orleans and Spelman College in Atlanta.

Dr. Pinkard is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in psychology. He holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Howard University and an educational doctorate from Harvard University.


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