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JCSU Names Executive Vice President

Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard Takes on New Role as Chief Operating Officer

Johnson C. Smith University is pleased to announce that Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard will join the University as its Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer.

The Executive Vice President serves as the Chief Operating Officer for administrative management of the University.  Dr. Pinkard will provide executive-level leadership in the areas of visioning, planning, management, administration and assessment and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all day-to-day operations.  He will serve as the Chief Planning Officer, providing leadership for all planning (strategic, operational and assessment) activities. This position reports to the President.

Currently, Dr. Pinkard is the Executive Director, UNCF Institute for Capacity Building. The Institute is a support and capacity building assistance program for the 39 UNCF member institutions

"I look forward to joining President Carter and the Johnson C. Smith University community in advancing the mission of the University and working for its continued ascension as Charlotte's premier urban institution of higher learning," said Dr. Pinkard.

"This is an exciting moment in the history of the University, and I am honored to be given this opportunity to engage in this important work at an institution with a historic legacy of noteworthy achievement. As a University community, we are limited only by our imagination and willingness for hard and honorable work in envisioning what is possible for Johnson C. Smith University in the 21st century."

Dr. Pinkard has an extensive and impressive background in higher education spanning more than 20 years. Recent examples of his leadership roles include serving as Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dillard University in New Orleans, La.  Major accomplishments in this position included developing and managing strategic planning processes and co-authoring a funded faculty development program. Dr. Pinkard also served as Director for the Office of Planning and Institutional Research at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where he was responsible for the design, direction and oversight of all institutional research and collaboration with the college's development officers. Dr. Pinkard served as Executive Vice President at Tougaloo College where he provided support to the president and was responsible for coordinating and managing the administrative functions of that office. Additionally, Dr. Pinkard spent four years at Florida Memorial University as a Woodrow Wilson National Adminstrative Fellow serving as Chairperson of Division of Social Sciences. 

In addition to his work at HBCUs, Dr. Pinkard has served in administrative positions at Colgate University, The College of Wooster, California State University, Long Beach and Miami Dade College.

"We are very pleased with the host of skills that Dr. Pinkard will bring to our organization," said Ronald L. Carter, President of Johnson C. Smith University. "His expertise will help us define and implement our focus on operational excellence, as well as expand our various initiatives we have in place for capacity building."

Dr. Pinkard received his Doctor of Education degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.  He also holds a certificate of advanced study in human development from Harvard University. He completed his Master of Education degree in educational psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. He has professional memberships in the Society for College and University Planning, the American Education Research Association and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Dr. Pinkard will join Johnson C. Smith University in January 2011.

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