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Dr. Dwayne Pinkney

Dwayne Pinkney

Dr. Dwayne Pinkney

Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer

Dwayne Pinkney is the senior vice president and chief business officer at Virginia Tech. Serving as the president’s principal operations liaison, he works closely with the executive vice president and provost, executive leadership team, and the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. He is responsible for the leadership and coordination of Virginia Tech’s business and administrative operations and manages the financial and operational resources necessary to support Virginia Tech’s current and developing initiatives and vision.

Reporting to Dr. Pinkney are the vice presidents for Administrative and Business ServicesCampus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities; Finance; Human Resources; Governance and Policy; Information and Technology; the associate vice president for Safety and Security; and the assistant vice president for Equity and Accessibility.

Dr. Pinkney has a distinctive track record of successful leadership in productivity improvement, change management and program/project management initiatives. He has more than 23 years of experience in budget and financial management in state government and higher education settings.

He came to Virginia Tech in August 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as chief financial officer and senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration, having responsibility for the university’s financial, budget, and accounting operations, and leadership of the division of Finance and Operations’ shared administrative and business services functions.  Earlier roles included vice provost for finance and academic planning, secretary of the university, assistant vice chancellor for finance and administration, and special assistant to the chancellor for state and local relations.

Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Pinkney served as associate vice president for finance at the University of North Carolina General Administration, a fiscal analyst with the North Carolina General Assembly, and the deputy secretary for administration with the North Caroline Department of the Secretary of State.

Dr. Pinkney received his Ph.D. in political science at UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from North Carolina A&T State University.

Dr. Pinkney is joined at Virginia Tech by his wife, Sandra Pinkney, a senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry and UNC Chapel Hill alumna, and they have two sons. 

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