Jaime Hunt has been named director of public and media relations at Winston-Salem State University. An award-winning integrated marketing communications professional, Hunt brings extensive expertise to the position in online communications, marketing plan Jaime Huntdevelopment, brand development, communications strategy, new media implementation, and media relations. Her work has earned 19 industry awards including the Platinum Hermes Creative Award for Best Internal Campaign from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals and the Teresa du Bois Exline Award for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing for Region V by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

“We are excited to have Jamie join our team,” said Chancellor Elwood Robinson. “She is a dynamic and accomplished professional with a tremendous skill set that will be instrumental in communicating the distinctive vision and mission of Winston-Salem State University.”

Hunt most recently served as director of web strategy and interactive media at Radford University. Previously, she served as news director and associate director of Integrated Marketing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, public relations coordinator for Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn., marketing coordinator/editor for CBE International, assistant editor for the Lakeshore Weekly News and publications manager for the Hiebel & Associates/Synergy Resource Group.

Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in integrated marketing from West Virginia University.

elwood_robinsonChancellor Elwood L. Robinson will serve on a panel during the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week Conference sponsored by the White House Initiative on HBCUs next month.

Robinson will speak about philanthropy and fund raising at HBCUs during the two-day conference in Washington, D.C. on September 20-21.

In June Robinson, who had been WSSU Chancellor for only six months, challenged alumni to give at a rate of 10 percent.  If the goal was achieved, Robinson promised a happy dance.  Alumni met the challenge, hitting 10 percent and raising $544,517 for the university. Robinson kept his promise, posting a two-minute video on Facebook.  The video reached more than 82,000 people by the first 28 days of its release.  The fundraising effort received widespread recognition.

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation, and sustainability.


Lester Arnold, has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at Winston-Salem State University.

A career human resources professional, Arnold brings nearly 25 years experience to the position.  He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with extensive human resources senior leadership experience at headquarters level of several national corporations.

Arnold most recently served as senior vice president of human resources for FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 4,500 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAllister’s Deli®, Auntie Anne’s and more.

Previously, he served as vice president of human resources for Aramark Healthcare, and also as a leader in talent acquisition, human resources, and diversity and inclusion at Lowe’s Companies, Inc.  In addition, he has worked as vice president of human resources and senior business partner, as well as vice president for college recruiting and relations with Wachovia Corporation, a Wells Fargo Company.

Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University and a MBA degree in human resources management concentration from the University of Hartford.

Winston-Salem State University was ranked fifth among top historically black colleges and universities by College Choice, an online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find colleges.

Tuskegee University took the top spot, followed by Hampton University, and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The University of Arkansas was ranked fourth.

College Choice rankings of HBCUs are based exclusively on factors that college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to a nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market.

Historically black colleges and universities play a critical role in America’s educational landscape. There are more than 100 historically black colleges and universities, a majority of them located in the Southeast.

“Not only do historic black colleges and universities produce one-fifth of all African-American college graduates, they also do an extremely good job of generating graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related programs,” said Jenny Castro, lead editor of the ranking. “HBCUs serve as important pipelines for students whose families have never graduated from institutions of higher learning.”     John Hinton, Winston-Salem Journal, Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pearson Appointed Chair of CAEP Standards Committee

Dr. Denise Pearson, senior associate dean and professor of education at Winston-Salem State University has been appointed to a 3-year term and will chair the highly selective Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards Committee.
“I am honored to represent WSSU on this national platform and as chair of the committee, I look forward [...]

WSSU Football Player says he's no Hero: Others Beg to Differ

When most people come across a bad accident, they may call for help or (these days) video what’s going on. But, Kenneth Sharper, Jr., didn’t do either of these things. He jumped right in and pulled a young man to safety. The WSSU football says he doesn’t feel like a hero, but thought about what [...]

The female legends that have graced the cover of iconic Jet magazine and the creations of artist Willie Cole join forces to produce a blockbuster exhibition at Diggs Gallery on the campus of WSSU. Read more here.

Kenneth Sharpe, Jr., a freshman running back at WSSU,  has a story to tell about how he saved a little boy’s life a few days ago. But Sharpe says that is what he would do for anybody, anytime, anywhere, because he hopes someone would do the same for him. Learn more here.

Chancellor Robinson Lends Helping Hand in Service Project

Service in the community where you work or live is a big part of WSSU’s brand. Recently, WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson, helped more than 600 high school students visiting WSSU as part of the Lott Carey Youth Seminar understand what that means. Read more here.

Malaysian Chemistry Professor's Relationship with WSSU Spawns Study Abroad Opportunity for Two WSSU Students this Summer

You never know where your opportunities will come from. But you have to be ready when they do come. Malaysian chemistry professor Dr. Ng Sing Muk took his opportunity to teach and lecture at WSSU and provided an opportunity for two WSSU chemistry students to study at his university. Read more here.

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