New BOT Members Sworn in, all New Members are Fayetteville State Alumni

Trustee Gregory A. Pinnix, Trustee Dr. Kimberly Jeffries-Leonard, and Trustee Frederick Nelson, Jr.

During the August 26, meeting of the Fayetteville State University Board of Trustees, three newly appointed members were sworn in by The Honorable Judge Gale M. Adams.

Dr. Kimberly Jeffries-Leonard, Frederick Nelson, Jr., and Gregory A. Pinnix were appointed to the board earlier this year. The new members are all graduates of FSU.  On Thursday afternoon, board members participated in a variety of orientation activities, including a holistic overview of the university strategic plan, an update on fall enrollment and student recruitment, and a new member orientation.

Dr Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, FSU Class of 1986, was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors. She is the 17th national president of The Links, Incorporated, and The Links Foundation, Incorporated. She is currently the president and CEO of Envision Consulting, LLC and has 30 years of experience in applied health and behavioral medicine research, evaluation, and training, specializing in health promotion and disease prevention. Jeffries Leonard has served as spokeswoman for federal and state government initiatives and numerous public health organizations. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Howard University, a Master of Science in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from FSU.

Gregory A. Pinnix, FSU Class of 1995, was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors. Pinnix currently works as a manager of enterprise account development for Avalara. Prior to Avalara, he served as a relationship manager for Sageworks, where he advised 155 community bank clients with combined assets of $80+ billion on credit analysis, risk management needs, and strategies related to their loan portfolio. He has worked as a consultant for Intuit Health and as a senior sales executive for Channel Advisor. Pinnix earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from FSU.

Frederick Nelson, Jr., FSU Class of 1998, was appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly. Nelson currently serves as the Town Manager of Benson, NC, where he oversees a $12.4M budget and leads the town’s economic development efforts. Prior to 2019, Nelson served as a lead administrator for RHA Health Services, Inc. and was responsible for the property, assets, and budget of all mental health facilities in Johnston and Harnett counties. A proud veteran, Nelson served in the U.S. Army from 1971-77 and was stationed at Fort Bragg. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from FSU.

The next scheduled meeting of the FSU Board of Trustees will be Sept. 23. For meeting materials visit Board of Trustees of Fayetteville State University (

About Fayetteville State University 

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state, having been founded in 1867. FSU is a historically black university offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,700 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation. To learn more about Fayetteville State University, visit

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