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Bonus Episode // Coffee Talk with Walter Kimbrough at CASE Social Media & Community Conference

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This year I served on the faculty team of the 2018 CASE Social Media and Community Conference in New Orleans. I quickly reached out Dillard University President, Walter Kimbrough to invite him to be part of the conference for a coffee talk interview. In this episode, you’ll catch the recording of this session, where we chat about how his presidency has grown up alongside social media, how to control your narrative, and why and how college presidents should speak out about what matters to them the most.

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More about Walter Kimbrough

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college.

Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in the book Follow The Leader: Lessons in Social Media Success from Higher Ed CEOs. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter, by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right (@HipHopPrez), and in 2015 he was named by The Best as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents. A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups.
He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, and Tyler Perry. In February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The’s 100 African Americans making history today, joining another impressive group including Kerry Washington, Mellody Hobson, and Kendrick Lamar. Kimbrough was named male HBCU President of the Year for 2014 by HBCU Digest. Dr. Kimbrough and his wife Adria Nobles Kimbrough, attorney and director of the Dillard University pre-law program, are the proud parents of two children: Lydia Nicole, 11, and Benjamin Barack, 8.

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Background of the 2018 CASE Social Media & Community Conference

The conference team and organizers graciously allowed me to share this recording with you wonderful pod-cats, I highly recommend attending the conference if you can.
Here’s a little background on the conference this episode was recorded at, straight from the conference itself:

As the social media universe continues to expand, schools and institutions are expected to engage and evolve at the same pace. How are you listening to your constituents, responding to them, and giving them reasons to keep listening to you? This conference will go beyond social engagement and delve in to strategic storytelling. Learn to align your content strategy with the goals of your office, and the efforts of the overall communications team.

Attendees of the CASE SMC conferences have the opportunity to learn social media strategy and review and share social media best practices with their peers. They go in-depth, sharing insights into social listening and brand building on social. The best part? You don’t just need to be on your university or college’s social media team to benefit from this! Stay tuned for the conference dates and location for 2019!!

About Josie and The Podcast

In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist – digital leadership author, researcher, and speaker – connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership. Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders but also laugh as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.

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