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Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough Announced As Interim President Of Talladega College

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough Announced As Interim President Of Talladega College


Walter M. Kimbrough has spent the past 18 years serving as president of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Philander Smith College (2004 – 2012) and Dillard University (2012 -2022).

The Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough as the interim president of Talladega College, effective immediately. The appointment comes following the recent resignation of Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, who reportedly left the college to return to the practice of law.

Dr. Kimbrough brings a wealth of experience and is widely respected for his dynamic leadership and innovative approach to education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.

With a distinguished academic background, Dr. Kimbrough has served in various influential roles in higher education, including president of Dillard University and Philander Smith College (now University), where he was instrumental in enhancing academic programs, increasing enrollment, and strengthening community partnerships.

Rica Lewis-Payton, ’81, chairwoman of the Talladega College Board of Trustees, expressed her gratitude to Dr. Edward L. Hill Jr., who served as the acting interim president following the recent resignation of Dr. Vincent.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hill for his dedication and stewardship during this transitional period for Talladega College. His leadership has been invaluable in maintaining the continuity and integrity of our institution,” Lewis-Payton said.

Chairwoman Lewis-Payton said she is enthusiastic about welcoming Kimbrough to the 157-year-old institution, noting the significance of his appointment.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Kimbrough join Talladega College as our interim president. His extensive experience and visionary leadership are exactly what we need to navigate this period of transition and lay the groundwork for a prosperous future. Dr. Kimbrough’s commitment to serving for the next year will be pivotal in establishing stability and fostering growth across all areas of our college,” she said.

Dr. Kimbrough is married to attorney Adria Nobles Kimbrough, a 1997 graduate of Talladega College. They are proud parents of two children, Lydia Nicole and Benjamin Barack. Their connection to the college community underscores their commitment to the institution’s success.

As Talladega embarks on this new chapter, the college says they “eagerly anticipate Dr. Kimbrough’s positive impact,” which will further the College’s mission of academic excellence and community engagement.

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