Carmen Walter Named President of Tougaloo College in Mississippi

Carmen J. Walter has been named the 14th president of Tougaloo College in Mississippi. She will be the second woman to hold the position. The historically Black college enrolls just over 800 students, 97 percent of whom are Black. Dr. Walter will assume her new duties on July 1, 2019.

For the past six years, Dr. Walter has served as an administrator at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, most recently as the executive vice president of enrollment management, student success, and institutional relations. Prior to that, she served in various administrative roles at Delgado Community College in New Orleans for 18 years.

“This position is a dream come true for me,” said Dr. Walters said. “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.”

Dr. Walters is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she majored in accounting and business administration. She holds a master’s degree in postsecondary counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Mississippi State University.


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