Beyond Stomp the Yard

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, will be a guest lecturer at the University of West Georgia on Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Kimbrough’s speech, “Beyond Stomp the Yard,” will highlight his book, “Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities,” and his experiences as an expert witness in pledging abuse cases.

Based on a strong fraternity experience, Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on historically black fraternities and sororities. After five months, his book was an Essence Magazine top 10 best seller and is currently in its sixth printing.

He has been interviewed by national publications including the Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has been a guest on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.”
At 42 years of age, Kimbrough serves as the 12th president of Philander Smith  and is one of the youngest college presidents in the nation.

Before Philander Smith, he served in administrative capacities at Albany State, Old Dominion, Georgia State and Emory 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 Degree in biology from the University of Georgia in 1989.

He continued his education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, completing a Master of Science Degree in College Student Personnel Services in 1991, and in 1996 he earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education from GSU.

Kimbrough has given more than 350 presentations on Black Greek life at numerous campuses and conferences. Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region during the 1987-88 school year.

He was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors and the 1998 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Dissertation of the Year award runner-up.

Kimbrough was also selected as a 2001 Nissan-ETS HBCU Fellow and a 2002 participant in the Millennium Leadership Initiative sponsored by the AASCU.

For more information on this exciting event, call the office of Institutional Diversity at 678-839-5400 or visit the website at http://www.westga.edu/diversity/.