WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ A North Carolina native and chief academic officer at a small Massachusetts college is taking over as chancellor of Winston-Salem State University.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Friday selected Cambridge College Provost Elwood Robinson. Robinson takes over the historically black public university in Winston-Salem in January. He replaces Donald Reaves, who is leaving after eight years as the school’s chancellor.

The 58-year-old Robinson is a native of Sampson County who graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University in 1978. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University and returned to the N.C. Central faculty, where he stayed for 28 years until 2012.

He spent about two years at Cambridge College, a private school with 5,000 students.