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HBCU Leadership at Dillard University, part 1—A Chat with Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

In this episode, Dr. Walter Kimbrough—the president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana—goes one-on-one with David Pluviose for a brief discussion about his journey in HBCU leadership for In The Margins. Since the July 22nd taping of the interview, Dr. Kimbrough has announced his plans to pass the baton of presidential leadership in May of 2022.

Tune in as Dr. Kimbrough takes a look back at his 10 years of leadership with Dillard University, the lessons learned from his journey, and his plans for the university moving forward. Dr. Kimbrough also shares his thoughts on philanthropy for HBCUs, reopening plans, and the vaccine mandate.


  • Looking back at 10 years of leading Dillard University
  • Opportunities and pitfalls of philanthropy for HBCUs
  • Thoughts on reopening and the vaccine mandate
  • Lessons learned from shifting to online classes

“There's this narrowing view of what HBCUs are, and there are a lot of schools that are never getting mentioned. And it's a combination of trying to make sure they are included, but then for them to think about the conversations about what do we need to do to get on the radar?”


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