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PRSA 2017 Counselors to Higher Education (CHE) Senior Summit

The Forum for Leaders in Higher Education Communications

April 5–7 | Washington, D.C. | Georgetown Marriott

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Wednesday, April 13 | 7–9 p.m. | Patrick Jackson Lecture and Dinner

“Proving the Value of Public Relations”

Walter Kimbrough, Ph.D. (photo)

Ensuring your programs’ results resonate with the president’s office and university administration is pivotal in creating buy-in for current and upcoming communications programs.

Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D., is the seventh president of Dillard University in New Orleans, and has served in the role since 2012. He previously served as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock from 2004 until 2012. A native of Atlanta, Dr. 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 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.

Recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college, Dr. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media (Twitter: @HipHopPrez). He was cited in 2010 by BachelorsDegree.org as one of 25 College Presidents You Should Follow on Twitter, in 2013 by Education Dive as one of 10 College Presidents on Twitter Who are Doing It Right, and in 2015 he was named by TheBestSchools.org as one of The 20 Most Interesting College Presidents.

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.” He was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. Other honors include listings on the 2010 Ebony Magazine Power 100 list and the 2013 NBC News/TheGrio.com’s 100 African Americans Making History Today, and being named the 2014 HBCU Digest Male HBCU President of the Year.


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