Voorhees holds Opening Convocation for new and returning students

September 2, 2013

Voorhees College will officially welcome its new and returning students during Opening Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.


The guest speaker for the event will be Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, who is known nationally as the Hip Hop president. Kimbrough is one of the youngest college presidents in the nation.


On July 1, 2012, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough began his appointment as the seventh president of Dillard University. Previously, Dr. Kimbrough served as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to Philander Smith College, he served in administrative capacities at Albany State University, Old Dominion University, Georgia State University and Emory University.


 Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college, including the creation of the Black Male Initiative at Philander Smith College that has been a model for similar programs. He also has been noted for his active use of social media to engage students in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life. He was cited in 2010 by as one of 25 college presidents to follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez).


In 2010, Kimbrough also made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power list of the 100 doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, Michael Jordan, and Tom Joyner. He was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch in 2009. Among various other awards and recognitions, he was selected as a 2001 Nissan-ETS HBCU Fellow and a 2002 participant in the Millennium Leadership Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.


After graduating from the Benjamin E. Mays High School and Academy of Math and Science in Atlanta as the salutatorian and student body president, Kimbrough earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Georgia in 1989. He continued his education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, completing a Master of Science in college student personnel services in 1991, and in 1996 he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education from Georgia State University.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Teesa Brunson, director of communications, at 803-780-1194 or at