Elwood Robinson, 13th chancellor of Winston Salem State University, announced Monday that he will retire after eight years with the Rams. His retirement is effective Jun. 30.
Provost Anthony Graham will serve as interim chancellor following Robinson’s exit.
Robinson’s leadership began in Jan. 2015 and since then, WSSU enrolled its largest graduate population in the institution’s 130-year history, added over $70 million to its endowment portfolio, built two new residence halls and renovated two others.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement as chancellor after over 39 years of higher education service,” Robinson said in an emailed statement, Monday afternoon.
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“I know that all the achievements of this university are not solely because of me, but because of the unwavering commitment of every dedicated person who gives their time, talents, and resources every day.”
Robinson has served in a number of university leadership positions. At North Carolina Central University (NCCU), he was Director of the Minority Access to Research Centers and was a founding dean of NCCU’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He also served at Cambridge College in Boston, M.A. as Provost and Vice-President.
Before his retirement announcement, Robinson was under scrutiny following the arrest of a WSSU student last December, which many said was unwarranted.
Some students and alumni felt Robinson showed little urgency in handling the situation appropriately.
QCity Metro reached out to the university for an official statement on what prompted Robinson’s retirement, but was unable to receive a response.
A search for a new WSSU chancellor will begin later this year.