Walter M. Kimbrough has been appointed interim executive director of the Black Men’s Research Institute at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The institute studies the economic, social, cultural, and personal outcomes of issues affecting Black men, particularly where disparities exist in the U.S. and internationally.
“As someone who is often asked if I attended Morehouse, which is a great compliment, I am glad to finally be part of the Morehouse family,” Dr. Kimbrough said. “I’ve been actively working to better outcomes for Black men during my professional career, and this institute gives us an opportunity to develop research and most importantly actionable practices that may be implemented across the country.”
Dr. Kimbrough recently stepped down as president of Dillard University in New Orleans. He had led the university since July 2012. Earlier, Dr. Kimbrough was president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He had led Philander Smith for seven years. There he was dubbed the “Hip-Hop Prez.” Prior to accepting that post, he was vice president for student affairs at Albany State University in Georgia.
Earlier, this year, Dr. Kimbrough was one of three finalists for chancellor of the Southern University System in Louisiana and one of four finalists for chancellor of Arkansas State University. He is the author of Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Models of Success: How Historically Black Colleges and Universities Survive the Economic Recession (Information Age Publishing, 2018).
Dr. Kimbrough is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he majored in biology. He holds a master’s degree in college student personnel services from Miami University and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University.