The “Open Your Mind" Lecture Series is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2009, in the C.T. Richards Chapel in the Moseley Complex, on the campus of Oakwood University. The guest speaker will be Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Philander Smith College. His topic will be the Plight of Black Males in College. The target audience for this lecture series is the male population on our campus, and all are welcome to attend.
As the first college president from the hip-hop generation, Dr. Walter Kimbrough is one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. Prior to becoming president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas (a UNCF member institution), he served in administrative capacities at Albany State University, Old Dominion University, Georgia State University and Emory University.
After graduating from the Benjamin E. Mays High School and Academy of Math and Science in Atlanta as the Salutatorian and Student Body President, Dr. Kimbrough earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree in biology from the University of Georgia. He continued his education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, completing a Master of Science Degree in College Student Personnel Services, and he earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education from Georgia State University.
Based on a strong fraternity experience, Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on historically Black fraternities and sororities. He has conducted interviews with The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has been a guest on the National Public Radio show, “Talk of the Nation.” His book, “Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities,” is in its eleventh printing. Dr. Kimbrough was named by Powerplay Magazine in 2006 as one of the 25 most influential African Americans in Arkansas.
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