President's Council


Frank Rizzo

Vice President for Student Servicesnone

Frank Rizzo is the university's Chief Student Services Officer overseeing the areas of residence life, student activities, leadership development, the Summer Pacer Camp, fall orientation, student government, judicial affairs, student health, counseling, community involvement, spiritual life and athletics.

He also serves on the university's senior cabinet creating institutional goals, priorities and policies.

Rizzo boasts a versatile background comprising the establishing of a strong track record of upward mobility in student development in addition to community outreach and donor cultivation.

He served as an Associate Vice President and Dean for Student Development at Marymount University in Arlington, VA prior to coming to William Peace University.  He was responsible for leading key student development areas and working closely with the university on developing and maintaining a vibrant, student-centered living and learning environment.

Rizzo holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a graduate degree in Education, Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University.


George A. "Rocky" Yearwood

Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officernone

Rocky Yearwood is responsible for the university's finances and administration including the controller's office, the university bookstore, facilities, human resources, public safety and food services.

He also serves on the university's senior cabinet creating institutional goals, priorities and policies.

Yearwood brings 30 years of experience as a business officer that encompasses financial planning, analysis, operations and compliance. Prior to arriving at WPU, he was the Associate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Central Florida Foundation overseeing a $150 million investment program and $75 million real estate portfolio.

He is an active Certified Public Accountant holding Business Administration undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida and St. Leo's University, respectively.


Joshua Frank

Chief Informational Officernone

Joshua Frank is responsible for overseeing the University's IT infrastructure, including wired and wireless network infrastructure, internet connection, phone and voicemail system, security technologies, physical and virtual server maintenance, and data and server backup systems.

Frank has more than 10 years experience in information technology, having previously served as an operations officer at GTech Networks in Hampton, VA, network manager at Virginia Military Institute, and systems administrator at the Wake County Register of Deeds.

Frank graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science in computer science.

He is an organizer of the annual SparkCon creative conference in Raleigh, as well as a volunteer with Visual Art Exchange.


Amber Kimball, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

noneAssociate Vice President for Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer

Amber Kimball serves as the key human resources and payroll operations leader for the University and provides strategic leadership in planning and implementing quality-based, mission-focused human resources programs for all faculty and staff.  She continually improves human resources systems and ensures the delivery of high quality services to faculty and staff in a manner consistent with the vision, mission and values of the University, as well as, serves as the EEO/ADA Officer for employees and the Title IX Committee Chair. Kimball is responsible for managing and overseeing University employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, workforce planning and employment, human resources management and strategy; policy analysis, development, and implementation; training and development, risk management and compliance, and payroll management.

Kimball brings more than 15 years of professional experience, including 12 having served as Human Resources Manager, Business Officer, and HR Facilitator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; HR Technician for Onslow County, and HR and regional HR consultant for Stantec Consulting Inc. of Raleigh. Additionally, she has held positions in accounting and hospital administration.

Kimball earned her Bachelor of Arts in management and society (formerly known as industrial relations) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. In addition, she earned a Certificate of Continuing Education in The Basics of Human Resources Law from the Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center, and also holds an Emergency Management Institute Certificate from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (FEMA).

She is an active member of CUPA (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources), its state division, NCCUPA, and SHRM (Society for Human Resources). Her volunteer efforts include Swim for MS, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and Triangle Heart Walk.