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Elwood L. Robinson is an American academic, university administrator and clinical psychologist currently serving as the 13th Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University.[1] He previously served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[2][3]

Elwood L. Robinson
Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University
Assumed office
Preceded byDonald Reaves
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cambridge College
In office
Personal details
Elwood Lee Robinson

(1955-11-28) November 28, 1955 (age 63)
Ivanhoe, North Carolina
Spouse(s)Myra Denise Robinson
Alma materNorth Carolina Central University
ProfessionAcademic Administrator
WebsiteChancellor Elwood L. Robinson

Early life and educationEdit

Robinson was born in Sampson County, North Carolina.[2][3] It was not until Robinson was a senior in high school that the family got a telephone. Robinson attended Union High School in Clinton, North Carolina.

Robinson graduated magna cum laude with a degree in psychology from North Carolina Central University in 1978;[2] he received a master's degree in psychology from Fisk University in 1980; and he received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1986. Between 1990-1993, Dr. Robinson completed his clinical training as a research associate at Duke University Medical Center.[4]

He was the first person in his family to graduate from college and the first person from his community to receive a Ph.D.


Robinson spent more than 20 years as a professor and administrator at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, joining the faculty there in 1984. He served as Chair of the Psychology Department and became the founding Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2006. During that time at NCCU, Robinson also served as Director of Minority Access and Research Career, which provides research-training opportunities for students and faculty from minority groups underrepresented in the biomedical services, and as director of NCCU’s Alcohol Research Center, which was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He left NCCU in 2012 to become Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a position he held until becoming Chancellor at Winston-Salem State University in January 2015.

Robinson is an active scholar with hundreds of 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, edited by Tavis Smiley. 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 throughout China, Egypt, South Africa and the United States.


Robinson is married to Myra Denise Robinson, a North Carolina Central University graduate and a former elementary school teacher. They have two children, Chanita and Devin. Chanita is married to William Coulter and they have a daughter, Skylar Denise Coulter.


  1. ^ "Chancellor's Office". Winston-Salem State University. Archived from the original on 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  2. ^ a b c Associated, Press (2014-09-27). "Mass. academic to head Winston-Salem State". The Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
  3. ^ a b Stancill, Jane (2014-09-09). "Former NC Central administrator will lead Winston-Salem State". News & Observer. Archived from the original on 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2014-12-26.
  4. ^ "Robinson Named Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University". The University of North Carolina. 2014-09-26. Retrieved 2014-12-01.