DOVER, Del. – Delaware State University has announced that its keynote speaker for the University's December Commencement Ceremony will be Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, the widely well-regarded president of Dillard University.
The graduation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium.
Following tenures in student affairs divisions at Emory University, Georgia State University and Old Dominion University, Dr. Kimbrough was named in 2000 as the vice president of Student Affairs for Albany State University at age 32.
His rocketing higher education career reached new pinnacles in 2004 when at age 37 he was hired as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., as well as in 2012 when he was named as the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, La.
The Dillard president has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. He has also been noted in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life for his active use of social media to engage students. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelor Degree.com as one of the 25 college president that should be followed on Twitter.
Dr. Kimbrough was recognized in 2009 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education one of “25 To Watch.” He was included among Ebony Magazine's 2010 list of doers and influencers in the African American community, joining a group that included President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Tom Joyner, Tyler Perry, Richard Parsons and others. In 2013, NBC News/The Griot.com's also listed him among 100 African Americans making history.
A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kimbrough is a respected national expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise with 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.