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President in Residence Series

The CMSI and Proctor Institute are proud to announce their inaugural President in Residence, Walter Kimbrough. Having been the 7th president of Dillard University and 12th president of Philander Smith College, he brings ample experience and expertise. With his appointment beginning in January 2024, Kimbrough will offer valuable resources and contribute to research, programming, and outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Students, faculty, and affiliates will have a unique opportunity to benefit from his extensive knowledge on HBCUs, and hazing.

Things Fall Apart: Solving the HBCU Leadership Volatility Crisis

April 24, 2024 at 2:30 PM ET

Using his extensive leadership experience as the president of Dillard University and Philander Smith College, CMSI and Proctor Institute President in Residence Walter Kimbrough will delve into the critical issue of leadership volatility at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This talk will look at the data related to the high rate of resignation among HBCU presidents, raising relevant issues and suggestions that prospective presidents and governing boards should think through before accepting or extending offers. Additionally, it will outline methods for improving relationships between boards and prospective presidents, stressing the need for stable leadership in light of the significant influence HBCUs have on higher education.


Current Trends in Hazing

January 31, 2024 at 2:30 PM ET

Using his experience as an expert witness, CMSI and Proctor Institute President in Residence, Walter Kimbrough covered recent trends in hazing, including the differences between culturally based groups. This webinar provided an overview of the history of hazing at higher education institutions, discussed how hazing manifests today, and described the legal challenges facing individuals and organizations due to hazing.    


About Walter Kimbrough

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985 and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and Albany State University. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and served for ten years.

Kimbrough served as the interim executive director of the Black Men’s Research Institute at Morehouse College during the 2022-23 academic year. He was also named executive in residence for the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. In early 2022 he was appointed by President Joseph Biden to the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs. 

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Recently he has emerged as one of the leaders discussing free speech on college campuses. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media. He was cited by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right (@HipHopPrez), and in 2015 he was named by The Best as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents. In 2023 College Cliffs named him as one of the 55 Top U.S. College And University Presidents, and in 2021 he was named a Georgia State University Alumni of the Year award winner.

Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities, and has served as an expert witness in a number if hazing cases.