Elfred Pinkard, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Johnson C. Smith University, has resigned, effective August 14.
The university announced Pinkard’s departure last week on its web site in a release dated August 13. The JCSU announcement did not state a reason for his departure.
The university’s president, Ronald Carter, issued a statement thanking Pinkard for his work at JCSU as well as for his “devotion to improving higher education.”
“We appreciate Dr. Pinkard’s contributions as well the passion he displays in every aspect of his life and work,” Carter said in the statement. “He has contributed to the momentum we need to continue along the trajectory required for radical transformation of JCSU.”
Pinkard’s resignation came on the same day that freshman began moving into JCSU’s dormitories.
In a statement of his own, which was also printed on the university web site, Pinkard said: “It has been an absolute pleasure and honor these past four and a half years to serve with you as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in advancing the mission of Johnson C. Smith University. My work here is done, and I leave with wonderful memories and the hope that in some way my being here made a difference.”
Pinkard joined the university as Carter’s No. 1 executive in January 2011. In a statement issued at the time of his hiring, the university said Pinkard would “provide executive-level leadership in the areas of visioning, planning, management, administration and assessment” and would be responsible for “overseeing and coordinating all day-to-day operations.”
The university said Pinkard would assist in a transition period through August 31. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prior to joining JCSU, Pinkard was executive director of the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, which provides assistance to for the 39 UNCF member institutions.