Elfred Anthony Pinkard, Ed.D

Elfred Anthony Pinkard Ed.D, is 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. As the Executive Vice President, he is a senior member of the President’s Leadership team and advises the President on all matters of institutional life.

Prior to his appointment at Wilberforce University, Pinkard served as 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. In this capacity, Dr. Pinkard was also the Chief Academic Officer at the University.

Dr. Pinkard was 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 service 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.

In addition to his work in the academy, Dr. Pinkard serves on the leadership team at the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), a leadership development organizations with a focus on developing leaders for HBCUs. Dr. Pinkard also blogs on higher education, popular culture, HBCUs and the African-American experience at www.arnoldschoolperspective.com.

Dr. Pinkard recieved his Doctor of Education degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Hardvard University in Cambridge, MA. and also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Human Development from Harvard University. Dr. Pinkard completed his Master of Educatoin degree in Educational Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

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.

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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