WILBERFORCE, OH – The Wilberforce University Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint current Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard as the 22nd President of Wilberforce University to succeed Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. This announcement comes after President Felton announced his decision to leave amid of his appointment as the 17th President and CEO of Wiley College. Felton has only served as president of Wilberforce for just over a year-and-a-half.
According to Arklatexhomepage.com, Atty. Walter L. Sutton Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wiley College, announced Dr. Felton appointment, who will succeed Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, who will retire as of June 2018.
Having served at Wiley College since 2000, Dr. Strickland is the institution’s second longest-serving President and CEO. He has served in the higher education community for 45 years.
“After conducting a thoughtful search with the assistance of AGB Search, Dr. Felton emerged as the successor to Dr. Haywood L. Strickland. We are confident that the process has produced a president-elect who is driven by mission, committed to building on the ‘student-centered’ culture shaped by the 16th President and a chief executive who will guide Wiley College successfully into the future.” said Sutton.
Prior to Felton appointment to Wilberforce University, he served as senior vice president, chief operating officer and vice president of institutional advancement for Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Felton also was the director of development while serving as a lecturer in the Government, Law, and International Affairs Department at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.
He is the co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation, an organization ensuring that a pipeline of transformational, highly skilled and principled leaders are identified and cultivated to meet the needs, challenges, and opportunities facing the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also served in the United State Marine Corps for eight years.
Felton earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Edwards Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, and received his J.D. from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
During Felton’s tenure, he successfully secured $3.8 million in programmatic grants to strengthen the institution’s master’s degree program; increased career placement through advisement, and created an intramural complex with a $50,000 grant secured from the Home Depot Retool Your School Campus Improvement Program.
As a result of Felton’s engagement efforts, alumni support grew significantly, with $458,000 in gifts being garnered at the 2017 Wilberforce University National Alumni Association Conference. He also secured $350,000 to create the new Dr. Mark and Shelly Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Good and Transformational Leadership.
“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the rich legacy of Wiley College,” said Felton. “I look forward to working with Wiley trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters to prepare the next generation of servant-leaders.”
As for Wilberforce University, Dr. Pinkard will begin his tenure on March 1, 2018. Dr. Pinkard is a native of Miami, Florida, who holds a Doctorate from Harvard University, a Masters from Howard University, and a BA from Morehouse College. Over his more than 40-year career, Dr. Pinkard has served as the Founding Executive 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; Chair, 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.
“We are excited that Dr. Pinkard will lead us into the next phase of the legacy of Wilberforce University. He is a seasoned administrator who is uniquely qualified for the position as he has worked closely with Dr. Felton in developing the path forward for the University. The incredible and exciting momentum occasioned by the Wilberforce Renaissance will continue unabated.” stated Mark Wilson, Chairman of The Board of Trustees.
Felton will work closely with, Dr. Pinkard to facilitate and support a smooth and seamless transition of presidential leadership.