Elfred Anthony Pinkard Appointed President of Wilberforce University

The board of trustees of Wilberforce University in Ohio has named Elfred Anthony Pinkard as the institution’s 22nd president. He will take office on March 1.

Wilberforce University was founded in 1856 by the Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Today, the historically Black university enrolls about 650 students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Pinkard has been serving as provost and executive vice president at Wilberforce. Earlier, 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; and chair, of the 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 is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He holds a master’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate from Harvard University.


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