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Dillard University president Walter Kimbrough honored with 2016 Advocate for Higher Education award PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, was honored with the 2016 Advocate for Higher Education Award by the Counselors to Higher Education section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA CHE) at a dinner in New Orleans on Wednesday evening.

Kimbrough then delivered the Patrick Jackson Lecture to an audience of more than 175 university communications and marketing professionals. In his remarks, Kimbrough emphasized the need for universities to articulate a clear and bold mission, and he encouraged university presidents to take a stand on the important issues of the day in higher education and in society.

The lecture was sponsored by Merit, whose platform connects the dots from high school to college to career for nearly 1.4 million students at 250 colleges by sharing the unique stories of their personal collegiate experiences with Merit’s network of legislators, high schools, local newspapers, and families. Amy Mengel, Merit’s vice president of marketing and a member of the PRSA CHE national executive committee that selected Kimbrough for the award, introduced Kimbrough.

“Walter is the embodiment of higher education advocacy,” said Mengel in her introductory remarks. “His larger-than-life presence on Twitter makes him a relatable figure that helps audiences connect with him in a personal way, and allows him to deliver important messages about equity and access in our higher education system today.”

indexKimbrough is the first leader of a historically black college or university to receive the award, which was created in 2009 to recognize an individual who has done the most to advocate on behalf of America’s higher education system. Previous winners have included Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia; Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan and now president of the Association of American Universities; Rebecca Chopp, chancellor of the University of Denver; Hunter Rawlings, interim president of Cornell University; and Mark Yudof, former president of the University of California system, among others.

Mengel noted that Kimbrough was unanimously selected by PRSA CHE’s national executive committee, made up of senior communications leaders at more than a dozen top colleges and universities in the US.

“Walter is not afraid to advocate for students and institutions that have often been ignored or marginalized,” Mengel said. “Last summer, he penned a compelling piece in InsideHigherEd questioning the value of mega-gifts to already wealthy institutions, and drawing stark comparisons to how much more impactful that money could be at institutions that are serving higher percentages of Pell-eligible students, first-generation students, and students from low-income families. Walter is a powerful voice in higher education.”

Kimbrough was named the seventh president of Dillard University in 2012, after previously serving as president of Philander Smith College in Arkansas for seven years. In 2014, he was named by HBCU Digest magazine as the Male HBCU President of the Year.

Reverend Raphael Warnock selected as 2016 Dillard University Baccalaureate Speaker PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – The Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the 2016 Baccalaureate speaker.  The service is scheduled for May 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Dillard University on the Avenue of the Oaks.

Rev. Warnock is a native of Savannah, Ga., and completed his undergraduate studies as Morehouse College (B.A., Psychology).  He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, from which he graduated with honors and distinctions.  Continuing his studies, Warnock went on to receive both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy from Union.  He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., and is a Lifetime Member of the NAACP.

His pastoral career began as an intern at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where he was ordained by the Rev John T. Porter, who himself had served as Martin Luther King Jr.’s pulpit assistant at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.  After ten years of service at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, Rev. Warnock spent 4 ½ years as the Senior Pastor of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church.

In 2005, at 35 years of age, Dr. Warnock became the fifth as well as the youngest person ever called to be the senior pastorate of Ebenezer Church.  Under his leadership, more than 4,000 new members have joined Ebenezer while Dr. Warnock has enhanced the Church’s legacy of social activism.  Through his work Ebenezer has expanded ministries and community services to unprecedented levels.  In 2016 he was honored to have his footprints placed on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, just one of the many recognitions he has received during his illustrious career.

For more information on the 2016 Dillard University commencement activities, and for a copy of the commencement guide, visit

Dillard University to Honor Community Leaders at 2016 “Champions of the American Dream” Best in Business Awards Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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April 11, 2016
– The Dillard University College of Business will honor local business leaders at its annual Champions of the American Dream Event on Thursday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom of The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel.

Business leaders in five categories will be recognized and receive a “Best in Business” award for their work and contributions to our community.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Chris Walker: Founder/President of CDC Services with the David Dillard                  Award for Excellence
  • Dr. Andre Perry: Commentator, Activist, and Educator with the Social Justice Award
  • Dr. Juan Gershinak: President, Neonatal Medical Group with the Excellence in Innovation Award
  • Jaqueline Vines: Senior Vice President, Cox Communications with the                Cultural Pioneer Award
  • Sandy Rosenthal: Founder/Executive Director, with the Pioneer of Purpose Award

“Champions of the American Dream” is an initiative designed to recognize local and statewide business leaders and entrepreneurs for their success and persistence in their chosen careers, their history of philanthropy, and their service as role models in the community.

“Entrepreneurship coupled with ingenuity have been at the core of what has built America,” said Richard Harley, Regional Manager for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration and one of the event’s core committee members.  “Dillard University takes pride in honoring these local ‘Champions of the American Dream’ who have made their marks both on our community and our nation.

The keynote speaker for the event is Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs.

For complimentary tickets to the event, or for sponsorship inquiries, please call or email Erica Durousseau, Corporate Relations contact at Dillard University at 504-816-4669 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Additional Information Regarding Impact of Increase in Tuition/Fees for 2016-17 Academic Year PDF Print E-mail
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For the first time since the 2014-15 academic year, the Dillard University Board of Trustees has voted to increase tuition.  The increase is set to go into effect for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students on a meal plan will also see an additional three percent sales tax assessment effective July 1, 2016 due to recent changes to the Louisiana State Sales and Use Tax enacted by the State Legislature.

Per semester, continuing residential students will see an impact of $460 dollars as their overall cost of attendance increases from $13,172 to $13,632. Continuing commuter students will see their total cost rise by $406, making their estimated cost of attendance $8,532 compared to $8,126 the previous two years.

Based on data provided by The College Board, the increase in tuition is consistent with those made at private institutions nationally.

The decision to raise tuition reflects an effort by the university to remain fiscally responsible while ensuring the ability to provide both a high-level liberal arts education and a full collegiate experience.  The Financial Aid staff remains committed to assisting all students find scholarship and grant programs to help defray costs.  Please be sure to visit with your financial aid counselor.

Students and their families are encouraged to visit to review fee schedules, and to contact the University Bursar with questions at 504-283-8822.  

Dillard University to Host Open House for Evening Program PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University Office of Enrollment Management

WHAT:           Open House for Dillard University Evening Program

WHERE:         Dillard University Student Union, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard,

                      New Orleans, La., 70122

WHEN:           Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Intended for those who may have started working towards a college degree but did not complete it for whatever reason or who have received their Associates Degree and want to earn a bachelors degree, the Dillard University Evening Program is a pathway to get back on track to earning a degree on a schedule that may be better suited for working adults.

This Open House is an opportunity for potential students to meet with faculty and explore the program’s academic offerings and services.  Information regarding financial aid options and scholarship opportunities will also be available.

On-site admissions will be offered for those students who present with the necessary credentials to be admitted to Dillard University.

Refreshments will be served.

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