WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood Robinson announced that he would retire after over 39 years of higher education service. The announcement came Monday via a message to the campus community.
The University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans has announced that Anthony Graham, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at WSSU, will become interim chancellor, effective July 1. Robinson will work closely with Graham throughout the spring semester to transition leadership.
Graham has been the chief academic officer at Winston-Salem State University since 2018. Previously, he was dean of the College of Education at North Carolina A&T State University. He was also professor of educator preparation at North Carolina A&T and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction there. He began his career as a high school teacher.
“Dr. Graham is a respected educator and seasoned academic leader whose research has focused on student success,” said Hans. “I know he has the commitment and skills to lead Winston-Salem State through a smooth transition.”
A native of Kinston, N.C., Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in education and doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Since 2015, Robinson has led Winston-Salem State University as its 13th chancellor. During his tenure the university’s endowment grew to more than $100 million and the university completed $145 million in capital projects, including major renovations, two new residence halls and a new science building.”
“Chancellor Robinson has provided steady leadership for Winston-Salem State, including noteworthy achievements such as a new center for entrepreneurship, a record $30 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, and strong rankings in economic and social mobility for the university’s graduates,” said Hans. “I know all Rams join me in thanking him for his dedicated service to the campus and the state.”
In 2020, Chancellor Robinson was named one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders by the HBCU Campaign Fund. Citing his leadership for making great strides in integrating what students learn in the classroom into every element of campus life. Also, recognizing WSSU for maintaining the highest six-year graduating rate of any of the UNC System’s minority-serving institutions and was ranked as Money Magazine’s no.1 public HBCU for 2019-20.
HCF Founder, President, and CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr., and the organization commend Chancellor Robinson for an exceptional job well done and thank him for his devotion to the mission of WSSU. We appreciate his leadership and wish him the best in his future endeavors.