Reporting to Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Provost) is the chief educational and administrative officer of the university and is responsible for leading the efforts to achieve the university’s vision by implementing the strategic plan; ensuring that the campus is focused on liberal education and equity practices through planning; institutional policies and practices; preparation of strategic requests for resources; preparation of operating budgets; and allocation of institutional resources in support of the university’s plan. The Provost leads the university in its academic and student support planning and in the setting of policies and practices which lead to student success outcomes.
New Provost Selected
Dr. Anthony Graham has been named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Winston-Salem State University. His appointment is effective July 1, 2018.
ANTHONY GRAHAM, Ph.D.
Dear Ram Family,
I am pleased to share that Dr. Anthony Graham has been named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Winston-Salem State University. His appointment is effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Graham fills the vacancy left by Dr. Brenda Allen, who departed WSSU for the presidency of Lincoln University last June. I am enormously grateful to Dr. Carolynn Berry, who has aptly filled the position on an interim basis for the last 10 months. She will remain interim provost until Dr. Graham is on board.
Dr. Graham is currently the Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Educator Preparation at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T)—a position he has held since 2015. Dr. Graham has served in the Department of Education in various capacities—including as chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction—since 2003. Prior to joining the College of Education, Dr. Graham worked as a high school English teacher and as an academic counselor/lecturer in the Center for Student Success at NCA&T. In these roles, Dr. Graham advocated for student success and worked with colleagues to conceptualize, design, and implement initiatives and programs that promoted student growth and development.
Dr. Graham’s research has focused primarily on the experiences of Black males in K-12 public schools and ways in which classroom teachers and community leaders can transform their environments to promote cultural, academic, and professional identities for these youth. His engagement activities have included the Charles Hamilton Houston Leadership Institute for Adolescent Black Boys, a residential summer camp on the campus of NCA&T for boys in ninth through twelfth grade; the annual Urban Education Institute, which focuses on barriers that inhibit students of color in urban schools from achieving academic success; and the “Onward and Upward toward the Light” Scholarship Search Conference, which is designed to orient high school students to the college application, college admission, and scholarship search process. Dr. Graham has also worked very closely with Guilford County Schools, collaborating with members of the Board of Education to address the academic underperformance and suspension rates of Black males as well as working with school administrators and teachers to improve student reading proficiency rates.
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Graham earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his master’s degree in education and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
I am extraordinarily pleased to have Dr. Graham join our team. The university is gaining an outstanding academic leader who has an appreciation for the important role historically Black colleges and universities play in the higher education landscape. I am confident he will provide the vision and leadership needed to help the university achieve the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan for 2016-2021.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Graham and welcoming him to the Ram Family.
Elwood L. Robinson, Ph.D.
- Lester Arnold, AVC Human Resources
- Carolynn Berry, Interim Provost
- Ivey L. Brown, Jr., Chief Legal Counsel
- Wanda Brown, Head Librarian
- Carol L. Cain, Assistant Professor, Accounting
- Michelle Cook, Vice Chancellor University Advancement
- Yolanda Edwards, Chair of Rehabilitation Counseling
- Judy Foxworth, Professor, Physical Therapy
- Aja Grant, Undergraduate Student
- Dawn N. Hicks Tafari, Interim Program Coordinator, Birth through Kindergarten Education
- Cecil Holland, Associate Professor of Nursing
- Javonty Hunter, SGA President
- Frank Ingram, Chair of Mathematics
- Michael McKenzie, Interim Associate Provost
- Bodiford Stackhouse, Professor of Biological Sciences, Chair of Faculty Senate
- Wanda White, Faculty Development Specialist
- Leslie O. Winbush, Director of Professional and Continuing Education, Chair of Staff Senate
- Uchenna Vasser, Chair of World Languages and Cultures
- Uzoji Nwanaji-Enwerem, Graduate Student
- LaMonica Sloan Wilhelmi, Associate Dean and Director of Career Development Services
- Dennis Sherrod, Professor of Nursing