Provost's Biography

Dr. Elwood L. Robinson

Dr. Elwood L. Robinson currently serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cambridge College.  As the chief academic officer, Dr. Robinson provides strategic and operational leadership to the College and is responsible for managing academic planning and academic program review, overseeing the College’s academic administrators of the graduate and undergraduate schools and personnel of library services, academic technology, and licensure and state authorizations. He is also responsible for fostering faculty and student scholarship, overseeing program budgets for operational excellence, assuring compliance with the academic requirements of accrediting and state agencies, and other support services.

He previously served as the founding Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at North Carolina Central University. His responsibilities included supervising nine departments and chairs, four centers and directors, over 200 faculty and support staff, all of which serve a student body or nearly 3,000 students.  He managed a state and research budget of 16 million dollars, and his academic appointment was Professor in the Psychology Department.

Dr. Robinson is a productive scholar with over 400 scientific publications and presentations. His short story, "Wednesdays and Sundays", is part of Keeping the Faith, Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope from Black America. This book won the 2003 NAACP Image Award, "Most Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction.” His latest work “The power of unconditional love” was published in Inspiring student writers: Strategies and examples for teachers. He has presented his research on the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of disease and illness in African Americans at seminars and workshops in China, Egypt, South Africa and throughout the United States.

Dr. Robinson's grantsmanship is noteworthy; he has secured over 15 million dollars in funding from the NIH during his tenure at NCCU. He has chaired over 35 thesis committees and over 80% of all his MARC students are now in Ph.D. programs.