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Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough joins 34 other HBCU Presidents in “A Call for Peace and Unity” PDF Print E-mail
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Dr Walter Kimbrough president Dillard U copy 0NEW ORLEANS – Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, along with 34 other current and former presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have released a join letter titled “A Call for Peace and Unity.”  The letter outlines an action plan to address gun violence and its impact on our communities.

The full text is below:


We, the undersigned Presidents of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCUs”) remain brokenhearted over the recent events that have taken place in Baton Rouge, La., St. Paul, Minn., and Dallas, Texas.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the impacted communities at large and the families who have lost their loved ones.  These incidents have shaken our nation to its core and caused many people to question our country’s direction.

As people of deep faith and a unique sense of history, we know that senseless violence has never been the way forward in America.  We are a society where, despite what many would lead you to believe, that which binds us to each other is far greater than anything that seeks to divide us.  In the words of our President, Barack Obama, “We are one people, we are one nation.”

HBCUs, by virtue of their special place in this nation, have always understood the hard work and sacrifices that must be made in order for America to live up to its ideals.  From the moment that our doors first opened in 1842, the roles that our institutions have played were never narrowly confined to educating the men and women who sat in our classes and walked our campuses.  Instead, ours was a much broader and more vital mission.  We were charged with providing a light in the darkness for a people who had been constitutionally bound to the dark.  Our very creation, existence, and persistence were, and always have been a duality of collaboration and protest.  In this respect, America’s HBCUs were the birthplace of the idea that Black lives matter to our country.

Expressing our support for the idea that Black lives matter is in no way a declaration that other lives do not matter as well.  As leaders of some of the most diverse colleges and universities in the country, we are well steeped in the value of open and inclusive communities.  It is because of our experience with building strong and diverse communities that we unite, and invite all Americans to join us in the following series of actions that are intended to help propel our country forward to become a more perfect union:

  1. The first-ever HBCU National Symposium on Gun Violence
  2. A commitment to raising the awareness of the debilitating impact of trauma on the lives of those who have been exposed to loss as a result of gun violence.

We know that none of these activities will bring back the lives that have been lost.  Our hope, however, is that these efforts will foster dialogues that help to accelerate the creation of an environment where all human lives are valued equally and discrimination based on one’s skin color, gender, and economic standing will become a relic of the past.

As we move forward in our endeavors, we will forever remember the lives of those slain and the loss their families have experienced.  While we pray that their hearts and minds will one day know peace, we pledge to aggressively continue our efforts so that these types of prayers will one day become unnecessary.

With love and solidarity,

Makola Abdullah, Virginia State University

Roslyn Clark Artis, Florida Memorial University

David L. Beckley, Rust College

Juliette B. Bell, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Colette Pierce Burnette, Huston-Tillotson University

Mickey L. Burnim, Bowie State University

William B. Bynum Jr., Mississippi Valley State University

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Spelman College

Lady June Cole

Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Shaw University

George T. French Jr., Miles College

Rosaline Fuse-Hall, Bennett College

Cynthia Hammond, Central State University

Logan Hampton, Lane College

Forrest Harris Sr., American Baptist College

Fitz Hill, Arkansas Baptist College

Anthony L. Jenkins, West Virginia State University

Brian Johnson, Tuskegee University

Paul Jones, Fort Valley State University

Walter M. Kimbrough, Dillard University

Marsha V. Krotseng, Bluefield State University

Elmira Mangum, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Ron Mason, University of District of Columbia

Eddie N. Moore Jr., Norfolk State University

Charlie Nelms, Group Mentor and Ret. Chancellor, North Carolina Central University

Stanley J. Pritchett Sr., Morris Brown College

Alfred Rankins Jr., Alcorn State University

Kevin Rome, Lincoln University

Kent J. Smith Jr., Langston University

Roderick Smothers, Philander Smith College

Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College

Dwaun J. Warmack, Harris-Stowe State University

Harry L. Williams, Delaware State University

David Wilson, Morgan State University

John Silvanus Wilson Jr., Morehouse College

Dillard University partners with local churches to host Gentilly/Pontchartrain Park Community Health Festival PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University Office of Community & Church Relations in conjunction with

                      Bethany United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and Pentecost Baptist Church


WHAT:           This free event offers a wide range of health screening services, including diabetes testing, fitness and exercise instruction, healthy cooking demonstrations, and vegetable gardening activities.  There will also be live gospel music performances, activities for children, and a number of food vendors on hand from participating churches.

WHERE:         Bethany United Methodist Church

                      4533 Mendez Street

                      New Orleans, La. 70126


WHEN:           Saturday, July 16, 2016

                      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHY:             The event is the second health fair sponsored by Dillard University’s Churches in Unity initiative. Churches in Unity serves as a collaborative among local churches to accomplish long-term community goals and objectives in the areas of health, education, economic development, youth leadership, and housing.

For more information contact Nick Harris at 504-473-1141 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dillard University Reaches Record Numbers for Alumni Giving PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Division of Institutional Advancement has released its alumni fundraising results for fiscal year 2015-16.

For the third time in as many years, Dillard University has increased alumni giving, both in total number of donors and in giving percentage. This year, 1,203 Dillard alumni made contributions totaling $1,704,114.22.  Both numbers represent all-time highs for Dillard.  Since 2012-13, the university has more than tripled its alumni giving rate, climbing from 4.8 percent to 15 percent during that time.

“One of the key indicators of the strength of any institution is the amount of giving done by alumni,” said Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough.  “Over the last three years our alumni have done a great job in raising their level of support for our students and our academic mission,” he added.  Their commitment to Dillard has made us stronger and we look for the success of the last few years to grow.”

Since fiscal year 2013-14, Dillard has increased total alumni giving by more than 212 percent and nearly $1.16 million, while raising its total number of donors by 61 percent over the three-year period.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of our alumni, who have come together in unprecedented numbers this year,” said Marc A. Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Dillard can also be proud of the complete effort given by our advancement team, particularly over the last 90 days, in reaching out to alumni and encouraging them to give.  This year was historic, and we expect to continue to make history moving forward.”

Dillard University Announces Academic Restructuring PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – Vice President of Academic Affairs Yolanda Page announced plans to restructure the University’s colleges in order to increase efficiency.  These recommendations were submitted to and approved by all appropriate constituent groups, including the Dillard University Board of Trustees.

“After a very thorough process, the consensus is that the changes made to our academic infrastructure will allow us to streamline some of our operations while maintaining their quality,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Yolanda Page.

 The following changes are effective at the start of the 2016-17 academic year:

·      The College of General Studies will be eliminated, which includes the Academic Center for Excellence, General Education/core curriculum, physical education, and undergraduate research;

·      The Academic Center for Excellence will directly report to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs;

·      General education and core curriculum will be overseen by a standing committee of the Dillard Faculty Senate;

·      Physical education will be placed within the administrative oversight of the Dean of Arts and Sciences;

·      Undergraduate research will report to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

None of the outlined changes will impact student degree programs.

Dillard Athletic Director Kiki Baker Barnes named to Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
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kbb-ad-headshot-2013NEW ORLEANS – This week, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation unanimously approved the nomination of Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes to its Board of Directors.  Founded in 1988, the GNOSF serves to “attract and manage sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater New Orleans area”, including the Super Bowl, Final Four, and the New Orleans Bowl.

It has been an outstanding year for Dr. Baker Barnes.  The Dillard University Athletic Director led her program to one of its most successful campaigns ever in 2015-16. The Bleu Devils earned their first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Thomas Howell Cup for all-around athletic excellence.  The Dillard men’s basketball team and the women’s track team earned conference titles and the entire program seems poised for improvement next year.

Personally, Baker Barnes has earned three GCAC Athletic Director of the Year awards and serves as the conference’s president.  She was selected as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors.  Locally, she was honored earlier this year at the NOLA Boss Awards as a leading woman in community leadership.

“I am honored by this opportunity to serve the city of New Orleans”, said Dr. Baker Barnes.  “Athletics has played such a tremendous role in my life and I see the impact is has in a number of areas.  It is a great privilege to be associated with the GNOSF and I look forward to contributing to its success in whatever way that I can.”

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