The Executive Leadership Summit - Speakers

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough
Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

Dillard University

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough began his appointment as the seventh president of Dillard University on July 1, 2012. Prior to Dillard, Dr. Kimbrough, at the age of 36, was named president of Philander Smith College in 2004. Known as the Hip Hop President because of his active use of social media to engage students, Dr. Kimbrough is one of the youngest college presidents in the nation.

Dr. Kimbrough has held various positions in student affairs at several universities, including Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and Albany State University, where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Dr. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and African American men in college. He has also been noted for his active use of social media to engage students. He has been featured in articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life. In 2010, he was cited in Bachelors as one of 25 college presidents to follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez).

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kimbrough was named the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. He 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.

In 2009, Dr. Kimbrough was named as one of "25 To Watch" by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community. In 2013, he was named to NBC News/The's 100 African Americans making history today.

Dr. Kimbrough earned degrees from the University of Georgia and Miami University in Ohio. He earned a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University.