Elfred Anthony Pinkard, Ed.D

Serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

In this capacity, Dr. Pinkard serves as the Chief Academic Officer at the University providing leadership and strategic thinking and direction for academic programs and academic life at the University.

Before his appointment at Wilberforce University, Pinkard was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was responsible for the management and oversight of all day-to-day operations at the University. Dr. Pinkard was also the founding Executive Director of the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building. The Institute provided support and capacity building assistance for the 37 UNCF member institutions. In addition to his work at HBCU’s, Dr. Pinkard has served in administrative positions at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH and California State University – Long Beach, CA. Dr. Pinkard began his career in higher education as a faculty member in the Division of Social Sciences at Miami Dade College in Miami, FL.

Pamela S. Richardson Wilks, Ph.D

A native of rural Warren County, North Carolina, Pamela S. Richardson Wilks aspires to inspire students by providing educational access and opportunities to all who desire.  She holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional English and Master of Arts in English, Afro-American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Wilks also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in English, Literature, and Criticism from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Wilks’ teaching experience with Guilford County Schools as a high school English Teacher positively contributes to her experiences as a faculty member at both public and private institutions of higher education for almost 20 years.

In her most recent positions, she served as Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Biddle Institute/Sit Lux Scholars Research Initiative at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, and later as Director of Institutional Effective, Planning, and Research at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.  Currently, she is the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, and Student Success at Wilberforce University.  As an administrator, she champions collegiate access and promotes healthy, successful student transitioning, while supporting faculty and staff in achieving measurable standards of stratagem for successful institutional programming and management.

From university entry to graduation, Dr. Wilks seeks to transform the lives of others by realizing the potential of a student lies beyond what is stated on paper.  Also, she continues to conduct research and writing in the area of literature, popular culture, and cultural race theory and speaks at various conferences and public events.  Her interest in African American Studies is consistent in her curricular development and scholarly pursuits, specifically addressing racial passing and colorism within the 21st-century black community.  She has been named in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and is a member of the National Council for Black Studies, College Language Association, North Carolina Council on Diversity, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Michael SaintLuke-Robinson, Ph.D

Before becoming a full-time faculty member at Wilberforce University, Dr. Michael SaintLuke-Robinson was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The Illinois Institute of Art – Tinley Park. It is at this college where Dr. Robinson embraced the principles and guidelines set forth by FERPA, Title IX, and HLC as he worked with students and families and provided direct support for students of color. Dr. Robinson monitored retention of students of color, developed an orientation experience for prospective and continuing students of color, and supervised and advised students, assistants, and leaders.

Also as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Robinson collaborated with staff and faculty to plan educational, leadership, social and cultural programs and services that promote the success of students of color and students from other diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Robinson started as the Academic Director at the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, managing the Advertising, Graphic Design, Digital Photography and Web Design programs. Dr. Robinson’s designs had placed 3rd at the National Association of Golf Owners in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1992. Michael was the art director for the flight simulator game A-10 Attack series.

As the Senior Graphic Designer for Life Fitness Corporation, Dr. Robinson assisted the marketing team in creating signage for their Treadmills, Life Cycles, and Cross-trainers as well as their Hammer Strength weight equipment. He also worked for the Mazda Corporation, Sears, Neiman-Marcus, Abbott Laboratories, Allstate Insurance, Ryobi, Snapper, and Poulan-Weedeater.

Dr. Robinson has climbed the ranks in the design world and has formed design studios and graphic departments in Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, and Arkansas. He has also developed and managed both a design studio and a school, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Michael SaintLuke-Robinson received his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his MBA in Management from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, and his Bachelor Degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Genevieve Hall BSc., MBA

Serves as the Chief of Staff at Wilberforce University. Hall has over 15 years of project management experience within the education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and non-profit sectors.

Before her appointment at Wilberforce University, Hall occupied the position of Manager, Institutional Support Services at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), Charlotte North Carolina. As part of the institution’s preparation for reaffirmation, Hall provided coordination and support to the Crisis Management and Emergency Response and Institutional Support Management teams, managed under the auspice of the Office of Human Resources. Hall served as manager of the Faculty Administrative Support Service Center providing leadership and by ensuring the employment, training, professional development and performance management of all assigned employees, as well as, providing [project] leadership and execution of JCSU’s institutional core events i.e.: freshman convocation, honors convocation, faculty orientation, board meetings, the JCSU Lyceum series and the JCSU learned lunch series. Hall also managed the JCSU Master Calendar ‘25Live’.

Hall completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from the University of Hertfordshire, Hertford, England and, earned her Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, Dunwoody, Georgia, United States of America. Hall has attended training symposiums in the field of management and leadership and, was sponsored by the Duke Endowment, McColl Scholl of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina as a participant of the TWIST Conference for Women in Leadership.

Hall is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and, the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and, holds certifications from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music – Violoncello, London, England.

Desiree Davis

Serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Provost. Mrs. Davis is a graduate of Wilberforce University, and currently enrolled into the Master of Science in Rehabilitation program.

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