NEW ORLEANS – The new “Hip Hop” President of Dillard University has brought his talents to the Big Easy, already making his presence known on campus.

It wasn’t too long ago on July 1when Dr. Walter Kimbrough or “Hip Hop Prez” took over as the 7th President of Dillard University.  Previously Dr. Kimbrough was one of the youngest college presidents in the nation serving as President of Philander Smith College, a small, private historically black college in Little Rock.

Kimbrough has gotten students excited by staying connected with them through his top ranked twitter account, cited in 2010 by as one of 25 college presidents to follow on Twitter. (@HipHopPrez) Kimbrough’s account has over 4,000 followers that already consist of many current Dillard students, faculty and staff as well as incoming freshman. Dr. Kimbrough prefers to have direct communication with the Dillard family.

“I really like to meet with the people who work on a campus so one of my practices is the schedule time for anyone to share thoughts about the university, as well as give me a chance to get to know the people.”

“I think if I can talk to 50% then I will have a really good picture of Dillard. “

Well, so far so good for the 7th President. According to his blog over 10 percent of faculty and staff had already signed up for a time to meet with Dr. Kimbrough by his first day so it may be pretty safe to say that this number may have increased since.

In addition, “Hip Hop Prez” has already given a speech to participants in Dillard’s pre-engineering summer program that is designed to increase the number of minorities and women entering mathematics, science and engineering professions.

Dr. Kimbrough has maintained active memberships in several higher education organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Association of Fraternity Advisors, and Brothers of the Academy. He presently serves as chair of the archives, history, and public information committee of the United Negro College Fund, and is a past member of the board of directors. He is the author of the book Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. After five months, the book was an Essence magazine top 10 best seller, and is currently in its tenth printing. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power list of the 100 doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, Michael Jordan, and Tom Joyner.

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Jerome D. Bailey Jr. is a 20-year-old senior mass communications major and marketing minor with a concentration in public relations at Dillard University located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bailey currently serves on the Student Government Association as Mister Dillard University 2012-2013. In addition to his writing contributions for HBCUBuzz, Bailey is a writer for Dillard University’s newspaper, Courtbouillon and the associate editor for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated’s official magazine, The Sphinx. He previously served as the Vice President of Collegiate 100 Black Men of Dillard University and currently serves as a host and the marketing director of Dillard’s in-house radio station, WDUB. He is also a member and the PR representative of intercultural exchange program, The Melton Foundation. With a passion for all things mass media, Bailey enjoys film making and editing. Stay tuned to his YouTube channel, JeromeBaileyTV, for upcoming documentaries and commercials.