Dr. Carmen J. Walters has been appointed the 14th president of Tougaloo College. Walters will succeed Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, who is retiring June 30 after serving as the college’s first female president for nearly 17 years.
“This position is a dream come true for me,” Walters said in a Tougaloo release. “Tougaloo has such a rich and powerful history. You can feel it when you arrive on the campus and walk these hallowed grounds. It’s a great challenge and opportunity for me to help preserve that wonderful history but also carry Tougaloo forward so that it’s here another 150 years.”
Walters has served in the community college space for over 24 years, most recently as executive vice president of enrollment management, student success and institutional relations at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Before her time at Mississippi Gulf Coast, she worked at Delgado Community College for 18 years.
““I am tremendously excited about the selection of Dr. Walters, and it will be my privilege to pass the baton of leadership to her,” Hogan said. “She brings a combined level of experiences, commitment and mature judgement that are useful in any leadership role. Her understanding and appreciation of the college’s history and mission, as well as her demonstrated commitment to faculty and student success, will be impactful in moving the college into its best years.”
Walters earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Southern University, a master’s degree in postsecondary counseling from Xavier College and a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Mississippi State University.