Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough to Receive AFA Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award

New Orleans, LA, October 12, 2016 --(PR.com)-- For more than two decades, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough has made student engagement one of the cornerstones of his career in education. One area of particular interest to Dr. Kimbrough has been Greek life on collegiate campuses.

Since 1986, when he was initiated into the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Kimbrough has remained deeply involved in Black Greek Letter Organizations. Kimbrough was named the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region assistant vice president.

Author of the book, "Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities," Kimbrough has given more than 500 speeches on the issues that affect fraternities and sororities.

In recognition of those efforts, Dr. Kimbrough has been named this year’s recipient of the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award, given by the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). The Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award is presented annually to a senior college/university administrator who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to fraternities and sororities.

Dr. Gardner couldn’t have been happier with Kimbrough being named this year’s honoree. “I was so happy to hear that Walter was to receive the Dr. Kent L. Gardner award. I have known Walter for many years, going back to a Greek telethon we did together from Oregon State University.”

“Walter was a young man we all knew that was special,” Gardner added. “He is and will be a great leader in higher education for many years to come.”

“My association with AFA goes back almost 25 years now,” said Dr. Kimbrough, “as I have been committed to making sure this experience is available for students in the future.”

“While at times it is a tough task, I have never doubted the resolve of colleagues on campuses and in headquarters working to better the fraternal experience. It is in that spirit that I dedicate this award to the late Dr. Will Keim, who in 1991 gave me a national platform as a speaker on his Greek Life teleconference when I was a graduate student. He was one of my key mentors along the way, and this award is due to people like Will who have been constant supporters.”

Awards will be presented at the 40th AFA Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, December 3.

For more information on the 2016 AFA Awards visit www.afa1976.org.
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